London Airport (New Office Blocks)

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Aviation – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 25th February 1963.

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Photo of Mr William Shepherd Mr William Shepherd , Cheadle 12:00 am, 25th February 1963

asked the Minister of Aviation when it is proposed to commence the building of fingers, or piers, at Heath Row; and when they will be in operation.

Photo of Mr Neil Marten Mr Neil Marten , Banbury

The first part of the pier system is already built into the new office blocks adjoining the long haul terminal; construction of the bridges leading from this to the planes will begin next October and will take about 12 months. Work on the first pier to be built out from the short haul terminal will also begin next October and will take about the same time.

Photo of Mr William Shepherd Mr William Shepherd , Cheadle

Has my hon. Friend made certain that none of the new techniques which have been developed in recent times will out-date this development?

Photo of Mr Neil Marten Mr Neil Marten , Banbury

Yes. I understand that all new developments are being currently investigated and the people concerned are keeping an eye on these matters.

Photo of Mr Henry Hynd Mr Henry Hynd , Accrington

Will these piers include a telescopic gangway system such as is used all over the United States of America?

Photo of Mr Neil Marten Mr Neil Marten , Banbury

Yes. It is intended that at the end of the pier there shall be what is called an aerobridge which will link the new pier with the aeroplane. That has been responsible for the slight extra delay because of attempts to design one to fit in with all the modern aircraft likely to use it.

Photo of Sir Frederick Burden Sir Frederick Burden , Gillingham

Can my hon. Friend say what is likely to be the cost of this development?

Photo of Mr Neil Marten Mr Neil Marten , Banbury

Not without notice.