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£800m For Manchester Airport Expansion

Chinese money lands to allow Airport City to take off

Published on October 13th 2013.


£800m For Manchester Airport Expansion
 

THE BBC are reporting how 'a Chinese company will be part of a group investing £800m in Manchester Airport to develop its surrounding business park'.

"We see our involvement in Airport City as an extension of the memorandum of understanding between China and the UK."

Tatton MP and Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, announced the huge sum as he started a trip to the Far East to gee up Chinese investment into the UK.

The money comes from the Beijing Construction Engineering Group (BCEG), which with the UK's Carillion Plc and the Greater Manchester Pension Fund develop the business park project  tagged 'Airport City'.

The development includes offices, hotels, manufacturing firms, logistics and warehouses with the aim of creating up to 16,000 jobs.

George Osborne is reported as saying: "I think it shows that our economic plan of doing more business with China and also making sure more economic activity in Britain happens outside the City of London is working. That's good for Britain and good for British people."

And good for the burghers of adjacent Tatton a fine example of a local MP working hard for them. Seriously though this is a significant sum and an important shot in the arm for the regional economy.

For his part Mr Xing Yan, boss of BCEG said: "We see our involvement in Airport City as an extension of the memorandum of understanding between China and the UK, where we have been looking to further explore joint infrastructure opportunities for some time. To be included in such an interesting and unique development is a real honour."

For more information on the Airport City plans click here.

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33 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

AnonymousOctober 14th 2013.

Airport city? Really?? Where is the imagination?

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AnonymousOctober 14th 2013.

That's MCC for you. Hey, we're up and going at Airport City.

AnonymousOctober 14th 2013.

Why don't Manchester Labour politicians like Leese and Stringer admit it - Conservative governments always back Manchester's transport infrastructure and "big city ambitions" - whereas Labour governments JUST DON'T. There would have been no second runway if we had a New Labour government back in the mid 1990s - and now no HS2 if we have a future one? (Labour even ditched Manchester's Picc-Vic underground ambitions back in the 1970s, for schemes in Liverpool & Newcastle. It was then a later Conservative government who backed & provided the funds for Manchester Metrolink proposals remember.)

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Duke FameOctober 14th 2013.

Not to mention the ridiculous TIF scheme. The coalition government have done wonders for Manchester yet the voters in Manchester just follow Labour like lemmings.

AnonymousOctober 14th 2013.

The poor in Manchester are getting poorer. Thankfully, we have a Metrolink that doesn't work. All hail the Tories!

AnonymousOctober 14th 2013.

Metrolink works for me!

AnonymousOctober 14th 2013.

Metrolink & all its design faults, is our "local" Labour Party's baby. So don't blame the generous Tories for simply funding it! As for the poor getting poorer in Manchester, why don't they vote in a better bunch of local politicians then? (Actually why don't they simply try voting???)

AnonymousOctober 14th 2013.

'Why don't they simply try voting?' Well, it's not like a Tory to tar everyone with one brush from their ivory towers, is it. Come on now, let's at least TRY not to play up to the stereotype.

AnonymousOctober 14th 2013.

Those that turn out to vote follow like lemmings. Lucy Powell's by-election win was the lowest post war turnout at 18%. If you ask me there should be a minimum turnout of 20% for it to stand. If there isn't it should be re-run. Of course there was only a by-election because our previous Labour MP became police commissioner even though the Labour party are against police commissioners!

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AnonymousOctober 14th 2013.

So let's just keep rerunning elections until Labour get voted in anyway? We've all seen the Burnage result. The Tories don't stand a chance.

AnonymousOctober 14th 2013.

Great work by our local Tatton MP out in China, but also interesting to note that at this same time the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, is leading London's own trade delegation to China too. Unfortunately the mayors of Greater Manchester, Merseyside, West Yorkshire etc etc - have not travelled to Asia to fight to bring jobs & investment to their respective regions. Yes because thanks to New Labour, those positions in England, outside of London, don't exist!! (And people wonder why the rich got richer and the poor got poorer, under Tony Blair's "pro London" Labour government???)

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Ghostly TomOctober 15th 2013.

Greater Manchester needs a charismatic mayor, like Boris, who is totally committed to fighting its corner and going after investment like this. And Manchester, after London, is possibly the only city in the UK that could attract foreign investment of this type. Sorry Birmingham.... Too provincial....

AnonymousOctober 15th 2013.

But we have Sirs Leese and Bernstien.......oh......I see what you mean now.

Captain QuoteOctober 15th 2013.

Anon you fool. Who would you rather have than two people who have led Manchester with vision? Of course they've got things but Manchester has a greater profile now than it's enjoyed since WWII. One thing I bet they can both do is spell better than you as well.

AnonymousOctober 15th 2013.

Tom, Manchester voted 'no' for an elected mayor. Real wasted opportunity...

AnonymousOctober 15th 2013.

An elected mayor for just Manchester and not the city region, is a bit like saying to Boris Johnson & Ken Livingstone that they can campaign to be the elected mayor of "just one" of the London boroughs, but not the whole 32. They wouldn't put up with that, but we do!

AnonymousOctober 15th 2013.

I Sir, am no fool!...Sirs Leese and Bernstien have done great things (Post IRA bomb) for the city. They've also done some not so great things (some very dodgy planing decisions like Library walk). Problem is they're unchallenged. They've been in their respective positions from 1997 and 1999. New ideas and challenge will take the city further quicker. An elected mayor would know they had to deliver or be out. Leese and Bernstien know they can do what they want for as long as they want. Bernstien isn't even elected. He's a civil servant!

Ghostly TomOctober 15th 2013.

Anonymous, I said Greater Manchester, not Manchester, we need a mayor for the entire city region not just the sliver in the middle..

AnonymousOctober 14th 2013.

Never mind the poor unloved Tories in Manchester, isn't the site for this actually in East Cheshire hence all the puff about G..G..O's working for his Tatton followers, though doesn't he plan to desert them? We haven't got a Mayor for The City Region whose Combined Authority is responsible for Economic Development of the Region and also owns the Metrolink. (the Tories would not let us have a Boris or maybe he did not want competition.) East Cheshire is a sort of honorary member. We should welcome the investment and support it's success but the Airport lies outside the Region's Economic Centre and has an infrastructure based on travel and logistics rather than business.

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Jonathan SchofieldOctober 14th 2013.

Nope Anon it's in the City of Manchester, but your argument about the Mayor is still valid. What gets me is the lack of the arms in the air jubilation about this investment. This is good news.

the Whalley RangerOctober 14th 2013.

we cannot comment on your website because your commenting section no longer works. It requires password recovery every time! The Whalley Ranger

Jonathan SchofieldOctober 15th 2013.

Whalley that's not happening for me but I'll forward the issue to technical. Bear with us and there will be a new site around in the not too distant future.

AnonymousOctober 15th 2013.

London has got a city region mayor and nowhere else has, because of New Labour & NOT the Tories!!! That party had "no passion or ambition" for the English regions and we missed the devolution boat back in those early years of New Labour rule. Having said that though, all the councils round here would be opposed to a city region mayor and in a referendum I guess 80% (?) of Greater Mancunians would probably vote against it. I'm sure not having a city region mayor puts us at an "economic disadvantage" though - and it galls me all the publicity & coverage the "Boris Johnson loving" BBC gives to the Mayor of London.

GordoOctober 15th 2013.

there is something weird happening on my macbook, im going to check it with technical today

DavidOctober 15th 2013.

This is great news but when are we going to see significant investment in the airport itself.The three current terminal buildings are terrible.There needs to be massive expenditure on new modern terminal buildings so we can compete with airports like Amdterdam and Heathrow.We also need the scrapping of the airport taxes imposed by Brown and increased by the current government,so we can attract direct flights to China,HK and the developing economies of Asia.What I fear is that MAG will focus investment on in its airport in London,which already has far more flight destinations by low cost airlines and at better prices than we in the north get.

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GimboidOctober 15th 2013.

Why do we need the taxes to be scrapped? The airport seems to be pretty damn successful with them in place. Or do you object to taxes in principle?

DavidOctober 15th 2013.

Yes I do object to the taxes in principle and all the other bogus Green taxes that government imposed. The airport is certainly not successful it has totally failed to attract new international routes and grow passenger numbers,due to poor management .

GimboidOctober 15th 2013.

That's incorrect. Passenger numbers grew consistently until the financial crisis, and they've been growing again since 2010.

DavidOctober 15th 2013.

That's incorrect.Manchester in late 1990s was the third biggest and got a second runway based on significant projected future passenger figures,that would have seen it overtake Gatwick.Instead it fell from 3rd to fourth place behind Stansted. This reduction had nothing to do with financial crises,but because the management of MAG ignored budget Arline's and as a result Liverpool airport grew from a few hundred thousand passengers per year to over five million.At the same time it lost British Airways and failed to attract the long haul flights it expected.This was a massive failure that cost Manchester taxpayers millions in potential lost profits.

DavidOctober 15th 2013.

When we had a Labour government were our local Labour MPs like Kaufman and Stringer working equally hard to fight our corner?.Or do they just see us as cushy safe seats?.They failed to fight hard for us to get the National Stadium,failed to ensure Prescott kept promises to have metrolink line open for 2002,failed to stop Darling as transport minister blocking further line expansion,let Brown just drop the super casino plan here,to appease the Daily Mail and never provided any alternative project like a Opera House,allowed investment in science to be directed to the South East and Cambridge at expense of Daresbury.

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AnonymousOctober 15th 2013.

Good question - what has Gerald Kaufman ever done for Manchester? Yes and when Tony Blair backed Oxfordshire as the home for the new synchrotron, over Daresbury, it certainly did sour the region's image as a good place to do science - as he was then warned. (Probably why now Cheshire is losing over 1000 top science jobs at AstraZeneca for New Labour's beloved South East?) HS2 is going to be a big test of our local Labour MPs - just who are they going to support I wonder?

AnonymousOctober 15th 2013.

Has Kaufmann bothered to get himself a constituency office yet?

AnonymousJanuary 21st 2014.

All large cities to be 'extended' Liverpool with it's "Atlantic Gateway" & International Trading Centers N0.1 (' created' by UN & WTO 50% owned by Chinese). & Manchester & Birmingham connected by HS2. Mipim will have a property 'investment' fair in March in Manchester ! .....connect the dots......

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