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Old 19th Nov 2012, 13:08
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New North-East Airport

Tim Narey has put forward the idea of closing both Newcastle & Durham Tees Valley Airports in a bid to build a new Airport just north of Peterlee.

Originally Posted by Hartlepool Mail
A BUSINESS leader has grounded a proposal to close two airports and create a new one on land near Peterlee.

Leading transport expert Tim Narey, who is a divisional director with international architecture giant Aedas, has commissioned a feasibility study which he says proves the case for a new vision for air travel in the region.

Mr Narey says Newcastle and Durham Tees Valley airports schould close and be replaced with a new facility built between the two.

But North East Chamber of Commerce chief executive, James Ramsbotham, was sceptical about the proposal and said it “seems both unlikely and unnecessary”.

Mr Narey believes businesses would welcome the creation of a new gateway to the region, built between the A1 and A19 to the north of Peterlee.

“If you stuck a pin in the map and drew a 20-mile radius around it, you would take in 90 per cent of the North-East conurbation,” he said.

He says neither of the region’s existing airports – Newcastle and Durham Tees Valley – is suitable for the long-term future.

He said: “There are business people from Tees Valley who prefer to go to Leeds/Bradford or even Manchester.

“A new airport in the centre of the region will grab that business.

“Newcastle is contained in terms of expansion. You can keep investing to build this extension or that extension, but what you need is a development that caters for the whole region.

“There are some really big decisions to come for this region in the next 10 to 50 years about how important we want to be as part of the jigsaw of the UK.”

Mr Narey is keen to emphasise no actual site has been identified yet and even if his plan does win support from the region’s business community, any development is years – possibly even decades – away from breaking ground.

He said: “Terminal Five at Heathrow took 10 years just to get planning permission.

“You really need to take the long-term view when you are talking about projects like this.”

Mr Narey has approached the North East Chamber of Commerce about his plans, but faces an uphill struggle to convince chief executive James Ramsbotham, who said: “To propose combining our regional airports seems both unlikely and unnecessary as we already have the capacity to support increasing flight numbers.

“With both airports currently investigating ways to expand, we need to focus effort on encouraging investment and attracting airlines as we seek to grow our routes and protect the strategic connections we already have in the face of competition.”
I think it could actually be feasible... what do you think?
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Old 19th Nov 2012, 13:29
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It's a complete non-starter. If there's to be a single airport in the North East it will be a result of Durham Tees Valley closing and Newcastle continuing on its present site.
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Old 19th Nov 2012, 13:59
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Should be on DTV thread

Already discussed on the DTV thread.

Its just more spin from a peel insider so that they can build on DTV.
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Old 19th Nov 2012, 17:02
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crazy - all the money is in Newcastle and they have the Metro link as well

In fact all the MONEY is in Darras Hall which is effectively on the airport boundary

Only poor people live in Co. Durham I understand
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Old 19th Nov 2012, 18:32
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crazy - all the money is in Newcastle and they have the Metro link as well

In fact all the MONEY is in Darras Hall which is effectively on the airport boundary

Only poor people live in Co. Durham I understand
It's just a myth we put around to keep all the southerners away...
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Old 19th Nov 2012, 18:46
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If they let the airlines have a say in this, I have a feeling that they would rather stay at Newcastle where they have the infrastructure to deliver the passengers....Metro...hotels...good road network...big city etc. etc. I suspect that offering a vaguely titled airport which doesn't mean a lot would not meet with much enthusiasm at route conferences.
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Old 19th Nov 2012, 19:31
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Not gonna happen -who's going to pay?
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Old 19th Nov 2012, 19:44
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Airport or Pier?

Santa if you've been good

One idea Mr Narey has forgotten is that if he extends the runway out to sea, the locals would have a pier to walk along as well
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Quote: “Mr Narey says Newcastle and Durham Tees Valley airports schould close and be replaced with a new facility built between the two.”

Would be interested what the two airport owners have to say about this! and the airlines and pax for that matter.

It’s the same old nonsense trotted out by the supporters of a Thames estuary airport when they state that Heathrow “will be closed” (and also Southend and Manston because of the proximity, but that remains unmentioned).

Does sound like yet another vanity project, yawn.

Quote: ““If you stuck a pin in the map and drew a 20-mile radius around it, you would take in 90 per cent of the North-East conurbation,” he said.”

He mentions THE North East conurbation, which one is he referring to: the one around Newcastle or the one around Middlesbrough? There are two conurbations and each has an airport, fairly standard and simple really.

Quote: “He said: “There are business people from Tees Valley who prefer to go to Leeds/Bradford or even Manchester.

A new airport in the centre of the region will grab that business.

Any evidence? Doubt if it’s actually a preference, it’s probably because they can’t go very far from Middlesbrough-Teesside any more!

Quote: “It's a complete non-starter. If there's to be a single airport in the North East it will be a result of Durham Tees Valley closing and Newcastle continuing on its present site.”

Regretably, this is probably the case. Let’s hope is doesn’t come to that.
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Quote: “Mr Narey says Newcastle and Durham Tees Valley airports schould close and be replaced with a new facility built between the two.”
I seeem to recall from years ago when I regularly drove along the A19 that it's not particularly flat around Peterlee.

How about shifting Nissan to Easington and reincarnating Sunderland?
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Old 20th Nov 2012, 00:07
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Quote: "I seeem to recall from years ago when I regularly drove along the A19 that it's not particularly flat around Peterlee."

So he's done his research properly then!
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Peterlee already has an airport. Why does it need another one?
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Old 20th Nov 2012, 09:50
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Ah! Shotton International, a Pit-Yacker STOL port. We could even para-drop passengers in order to save fuel burn and help the environment. At least we have "proof of concept" at that airfield. And it has parallel runways, just like Heathrow. And they are even made of environmentally-friendly grass.

It sounds as likely as this piece of Eagle-comic fiction. I thought T Dan Smith had left this planet. It was he who proposed a linear city built above the A1M from Gateshead to Durham.

Why is it that, when it comes to airport location, people think that it's like building another exhibit at Legoland?

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Old 20th Nov 2012, 22:34
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"Newcastle-Middlesbrough (T Dan Smith) International Airport"

Hmmm, too much of a mouthful, not convinced!

Apologies for not taking this seriously.

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