HEATHROW TERMINAL 5 client BAA this week denied claims by suppliers that rail terminal capacity is too small to cope with materials required for the £2bn project.
Transport of aggregate, cement and reinforcement steel to the site by rail was a condition of planning permission for the new terminal - granted in November - aimed at reducing congestion on surrounding roads.
Suppliers will have to use a rail terminal at Colnbrook 6km east of the site to unload materials estimated daily at 6,000t of aggregate, 1,100t of cement and 450t of rebar. The materials will then be taken to the site by lorry.
Contracts for the supply of cement and rebar will include the provision of facilities for bar bending and storage of materials at the Colnbrook rail terminal.
One supplier claimed this week that the area of land at Colnbrook was not big enough and that there was no room to extend the site.
A BAA spokesman said that he believed that 'by being efficient and using a just in time delivery programme', the facility will be built in the space available.
A BAA project team is working on plans to develop the rail freight terminal.