Gatwick Gears Up

Posted on 02. Dec, 2011 by in News

Extreme weather conditions can affect us severely. When it comes to airports, they have to be prepared always in the event that they got hit with such major disruptions as it could cause a downfall in their business. If there is a bad weather, air travels are usually put to a halt therefore cancellation of flights are inevitable. To address this problem, the Environment Agency started the construction of a £15m flood defence system in an attempt to guard Gatwick Airport from ‘major disruption’.

Gatwick airport made this effort since it was affected with flood waters way back in 2000 when the nearby River Mole burst its banks which resulted to the forced closing of a road running beneath the hub’s south terminal.

Even if floods don’t often occur at UK airports, the heads of Gatwick still pushed through with the allocation of such budget for the upgrading of the hub. The bosses also favour to spend their cash on battling terrorists which can be a threat to airports, as well as extending their runways into the surrounding countryside. Troubles can occur in the most unexpected places and times, what seems just as a pouring rain can eventually cause the localised flooding in areas even if there is no rivers or streams around the area.

Crawley experienced being flooded way back in 1968 and 2000. The Environment Agency didn’t respond to such disaster until 2008. The thrust that forced the agency to make such a move was when a care home for the elderly had to be evacuated and 47 people were displaced during the night, including a 101-year old woman.

The agency is under the control of the government. It has created the Upper Mole Flood Alleviation Scheme to trim down the hazards of flooding in the West Sussex region. Modifications are also made on the surrounding lakes which can potentiate occurrences of floods. The dam on Tilgate Lake will have its capacity increased and an additional three more ‘flood reservoirs’ will be made in the Crawley area.

Contractors are committed that they will be able to finish the project within the next three years. The risk manager of the Environment Agency, Ian Tomes, refers to the scheme as ‘vital’. They are aware that floods can cause extreme destruction to the entire region, thus it is ‘vital’ to make a move to reduce such threats.

In relation to this news, the new owners of Gatwick Global Infrastructure Partners’ (GIP) has finally taken over the firm and has just begun its restructuring of the airport. They have bid goodbye to the trademark colours of the former owner BAA and has placed their own brand in the site with its marquee blue and white, same to that of the investment fund’s own homepage.


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