Two sites in Rosyth have made the final shortlist for Heathrow expansion logistics hubs.
The shortlist, announced today (28 March) narrows down the list of ten possible sites in Scotland to four. The two Fife sites are both in Rosyth – at Babcock and Forth Ports.
Welcoming the news, Cllr David Alexander, co-leader of Fife Council said: “This is great news for Fife. Being part of this pioneering project would not only bring many jobs, but also upskill our communities with a world-class construction legacy for generations to come.”
Cllr David Ross, co-leader of Fife Council added: “Fife is an unrivalled position, having two out of four Scottish sites in contention for this investment. We look forward to working with partners in making a strong case, building on Fife’s key role in recent major infrastructure schemes like the Queensferry Crossing.
“Both Fife sites offer excellent transport links, great infrastructure and competitive land along with a strong and innovative supply chain of local companies. With work scheduled to start in 2021, if implemented this project will bring huge benefits to industry and business here.”
Heathrow’s expansion is the first major infrastructure project in the UK to pioneer the large-scale use of logistics hubs and aims to create jobs in every corner of the UK while creating a legacy of construction excellence in the UK for future generations. The hubs will work by pre-assembling components off-site before transporting them in consolidated loads to Heathrow when needed.
Sean Donaldson, Managing Director of Babcock’s Rosyth facility said:
“We welcome the news that Babcock has been shortlisted for the Heathrow Logistics Hub.
“Babcock’s manufacturing and logistics capabilities at our world-class infrastructure in Rosyth stands ready to provide an efficient, affordable and sustainable solution to meet Heathrow’s varying demands.
“We look forward to the next stage in this process to deliver a programme of work that will ‘make every journey better’ and help Heathrow maintain a world-leading position as a hub airport.”
Derek Knox, Senior Port Manager, Port of Rosyth:
“The Port of Rosyth is very pleased to have been shortlisted for the next stage of the process for the Heathrow Expansion Logistics Hub. In Rosyth we offer a great location, land and expertise for a logistics hub of this scale.
There has been recent significant investment in the port and it played a key role as the logistics hub for the construction project of the new Queensferry Crossing. We look forward to hearing from the Heathrow team about the next stage of the process.”