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23 February, 2006 - 10:11 By Staff Reporter

Stansted runway gets a £30 million facelift

Stansted Airport’s existing single runway is being fully re-surfaced in a nine month project costing around £30 million.Stansted Airport’s existing single runway is being fully re-surfaced in a nine month project costing around £30 million.

The work, which has just started, is due to continue to the end of November.

Busy airports normally undertake runway re-surfacing every 10 to 15 years. Stansted’s 3,048ft runway was last re-surfaced in 1990 when the airport was handling 1 million passengers a year. Stansted now serves 22m passengers per annum.

The project will be managed by AMEC, overseeing up to 200 contractors tasked with laying 35,000 tonnes of asphalt and 14,400 tonnes of concrete necessary to complete the work.

At the same time, 1000 runway lights will be replaced over the course of the project.

The work can only take place at night when operational requirements are at a minimum.

On Saturday and Sunday nights the runway will be completely closed to aircraft between midnight and 6am.

On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights the operational runway length of the runway will be reduced to allow works to take place at each end of the runway.

BAA’s head of airside operations, Dave Powell said: “Re-surfacing the runway at a busy, international airport, such as Stansted, presents a number of complex challenges, so we have a programme of works specifically organised to minimise any disruption to normal airport operations.

“It’s important we also manage and minimise the environmental impact and disturbance to neighbouring communities.

“The resurfacing project is vital to maintain the high safety and operational standards we demand at Stansted, and it’s our intention to complete the work as safely and quickly as possible to keep to a minimum any impact on our business and the local community.”

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