Setback As Land’s End Runway Hardening To Be Delayed

lands end airportThe hard surfacing of Land’s End airport, due to start next month, is likely to be delayed until the spring.

It had been hoped that creation of a hard runway would prevent the waterlogging that caused major disruption to flights and closed the facility for around three months last winter.

Jeff Marston, Chief Executive of the Isles of Scilly Steamship Group, said: “Clearly the island community and our passengers will be disappointed by today’s announcement given that we had hoped the runway works would be completed in time for Christmas.

“With work now delayed to next year, Land’s End Airport and our Skybus services will operate as normal throughout the winter, and our Scillonian III passenger ship will sail as planned during November.

“Since last year’s exceptionally wet weather we have carried out interim works at Land’s End Airport to improve the runway condition, including additional drainage, but longer term we need to harden the runways to ensure that we can reduce disruption to passengers during periods of extreme weather.”

The Council of the Isles of Scilly have been working closely with the Steamship Company on the plans.

The Council’s Strategic Investment Manager Diana Mompoloki said: “Unfortunately, it has been impossible to conclude the contracting arrangements due to an unforeseen increase in costs, which is not covered by the financial resources available from ERDF and the IOSSCo. We have therefore had to take the difficult but logical financial decision to call a temporary halt to this element of the project whilst we re-assess the scope of the works.

“This delay is of course deeply frustrating. However, this is just a temporary setback.”

It’s hoped that the tender for the work can now be reissued.

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