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Costain nears the finish line on Manchester airport runway

Contractor Costain will soon hand over a newly refurbished 3km-long main runway at Manchester Airport after eight months of night works.

The firm used a new surfacing material Béton Bitumineux Aéronautique, which is self-draining and has instant friction characteristics when it is laid.

The £18.6M contract also involved renewing the ground lighting on and around the runway and installing a new electricity sub-station for the lighting system.

The runway is due to be handed back in late October, when the commissioning of the new systems is complete and the Manchester airport’s new Instrument Landing System becomes operational.

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