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BAA to spend £250M on Stansted extension

AIRPORT OPERATOR BAA is to invest £250M in expanding Stansted Airport after winning planning permission to boost capacity from 15M to 25M passengers a year last week.

Projects that will now be driven forward include extending the passenger terminal 'widthways' from 2004, adding an extra 11,500m 2.Other projects expected to be delivered through existing framework agreements with consultants and contractors will include: more office space, apron areas for aircraft, cargo space, catering facilities and car parking.

The Strategic Rail Authority and the Highways Agency have also agreed to new road and rail projects which will improve access to the airport.

These include extending platforms at the airport rail and bus terminals and boosting capacity at approach road junctions This is in addition to work to link the airport to the M11 via a new slip road expected to complete in November (NCE 21 March).

'We can do all this work within existing boundaries by adding a bit more of everything we've already got, ' said a BAA spokesman.

It is hoped the work will complete by 2010.

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