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BACA calls for Manston airport to reopen

BACA has called for Manston airport to reopen as a “cargo hub” Comments (0) THE Baltic Air Charter Association (BACA) has called for the Department for Transport to investigate why Manston airport was allowed to close in a short timeframe. BACA, the world’s largest air charter organisation with over 220 members, says reopening the airport as a cargo hub would free …

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MPs want airport deal out in open

Manston Airport closed last May with the loss of 150 jobs The former owner of Manston Airport has been told by MPs to put her deal with the new owners into the public domain to counter claims of asset stripping. The Kent airport closed last May, seven months after being bought by Ann Gloag, co-founder of the Stagecoach Group. She …

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KCC slammed in Transport Select Committee’s Manston airport…

The Transport Select Committee report said KCC held responsibility for aviation in the county Comments (0) KENT County Council’s reaction to the closure of Manston airport has been slammed by the Transport Select Committee’s report on smaller airports. Released this morning (Friday), the report criticised KCC for a lack of action, despite passing a motion to support Thanet council in efforts …

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Campaigners say Manston should be reliever airport in letter to…

The letter was delivered to Number 10 yesterday Comments (0) CAMPAIGNERS lobbying to reopen Manston airport have delivered a letter to Prime Minister David Cameron, making the case for the site to be used as a reliever airport. Representatives from Save Manston Airport, Why Not Manston? and RiverOak, the American firm proposing to bring aviation back to the site, visited Downing …

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Councillor correct about road safety

Not often I would say this, but I agree entirely with Cllr Peter Vickery-Jones that lowering the speed limit again on the A291 would not make the slightest difference to accident figures, as accidents are mostly down to bad driving. This road has already been downgraded from 60mph, the national speed limit, in recent years. If you went as far …

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Lower speed limits is no accident panacea

I fully support Cllr Peter Vickery-Jones (Con) for not backing a further reduction in the A291’s speed limit (‘Cutting speed limit at accident blackspot won’t reduce problem’, Herne Bay Gazette, February 19). Quite rightly, he says this will lead to a bunching of traffic on a road carrying 10,000plus vehicles per day. It’s true there is often a tendency to …

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Government pledges help to see Manston reopened

A minister today told representatives of investment firm RiverOak the government “would leave no stone unturned” in order to help find a way to “rescue” Manston airport. At a meeting of the Transport Select Committee, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport, Robert Goodwill MP, said prime minister David Cameron took a “keen interest” in the future of the airport. He said the Government would …

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Aviation minister unclear on Manston airport site ownership

Aviation minister Robert Goodwill, (left) and government deputy aviation policy adviser Ben Smith Comments (0) AVIATION minister Robert Goodwill MP has told the Transport Select Committee he is not clear who owns the Manston airport site. The minister gave evidence at a hearing today (Monday) alongside the Department for Transport’s deputy aviation policy adviser Ben Smith. Committee members grilled the pair on …

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Rail operator gets 8.8p per passenger

A READER asked (Times, February 4) about rail subsidies. It is a very complicated subsidy system and I am no expert, but a quick check on the internet showed that, according to the Department for Transport, Southeastern trains receives 8.8 pence subsidy for every passenger, per mile travelled. Nationally, train companies thrive on a subsidy of about £5.3 billion and …

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Transport Select Committee – public hearing

We submitted our written evidence to the committee in October 2014. On February 2nd, we went along to Portcullis House (just across the road from the Houses of Parliament), to do our bit. For you. Here you can watch the committee in action. We start with: Pauline Bradley (Director, Manston Skyport Limited) Alastair Welch (Interim Director, Kent Airport Limited) Alan Mackinnon …

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