Tue May 14, 2019 4:45 pm
No chance they'll move to Duxford, no space, tiny 1,200m runway, zero nav aids, infrastructure - that's just a decoy to give the locals a warm feeling that they might not have to move homes - unless they buy more adjacent land, extend the runway, unlikely
No chance they'll move to Wyton - who on earth wants to pay to run an airport like that, maintain it all, repair everything, reinstate, reactivate, re-certify to civil standards, no chance, another decoy
Cranfield most likely option, just got outline planning permission for big aviation park, keeps getting loads of grants because of their University status. But on a bad day that's at least 1.5 hours drive from CBG and half the Marshall staff are probably commuting from further up the A14 to the north-east - getting past Cambridge in rush hour is hell - will be even worse with 12,000 new houses!
Much better bet, just strike a deal with MOD and move hangar part of the equation to Brize Norton and keep all back-office, design etc. at Cambridge - that side of equation just needs offices, no runway required. Probably only a third to max half of engineering staff would relocate their families, but they won't need all to migrate anyway.
And what happens after 2022 when the C130s are supposed to be phased out of service?