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Major improvements underway at Nottinghamshire airport

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A multi-million-pound development has started at a Nottinghamshire airport. Work to improve the facilities at Retford (Gamston) started on June 20.

The first phase will focus on the continued safe operation of aviation with upgrades to the main runway, markings and runway lighting, as well as development of part of the site for vehicle technology testing and safety research. Construction work is expected to be completed in September 2022.

During this period, the airport will be closed to all visiting aircraft. Businesses and private flyers based at Gamston will continue to be able to operate using an alternative runway.

Read more: Nottinghamshire train passengers to benefit from £1 billion upgrade to major line

Thatcham Research became the owners of Gamston Aviation Limited (GAL) who run the airport in December 2021. They have said their ambition is to create a “UK centre of excellence around vehicle technology testing and safety research”.

It is hoped this would attract further investment, and improve employment and skills development in the area, while securing a long-term future for aviation. Jonathan Hewett, chief executive at Thatcham Research comments: “We are extremely excited to begin to realise our ambition of creating a UK centre of excellence for vehicle technology research and safety assurance testing, as well as securing a long-term future for aviation at Gamston.

“We have ambitious plans around employment and skills development at Gamston. We will be looking to create 30 jobs in this first phase, through the recruitment of key engineering and support roles from across the area, as well as transferring some of our staff from Berkshire to Gamston.

“We are also exploring opportunities with Bassetlaw District Council on extending the training and skills development that we already undertake for the automotive repair industry, with more than 3,500 technicians and apprentices benefitting from our training every year.

“In terms of this phase of the construction, we’re doing all we can to ensure that it has limited impact on the local community, and are working closely with our contractors to minimise noise and disruption, as well as making sure that aviation can continue. If you have any questions or concerns, then please do contact us on: manager@retfordairport.co.uk ”

Jo White, Cabinet Member for Regeneration at Bassetlaw District Council, said: “I am very pleased to welcome Thatcham Research to Bassetlaw and I’m thrilled that they have chosen our district as a home for their new UK centre of excellence.

“Their presence and investment at Gamston will be a step-change for the area in terms of the new technology that Thatcham will bring, but also for the higher skilled employment opportunities that will be developed.

“This is the beginning of a partnership that will benefit Thatcham and Bassetlaw and I’m excited to see how this flourishes and develops over the coming months and years.”

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