Discussion in 'Current Affairs, News and Analysis' started by Bowser-Mong, May 6, 2009.
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Its been announced in t' local news that RAF Lyneham is to close in 2012.
(sorry no linky thing).
Does this imply that all overseas commitments will be at an end by then?
Or they going to add a new runway at Brize?
Don't forget they have St Mawgan! (sp)
Spelt something like that
In the back of beyond, does Morgan have central motorway and rail links?
On the other hand, is Morgan better screened from public view?
The site is probably now worth as much as Lynham!!
I think this was actually announced in 2003!:
It was announced a few years ago that Lyneham was to close and its Hercules moved to Brize. There were hopes that the RAF's Pumas, Chinooks and Merlins were going to be moved there.
It's a bit too late for St. Mawgan. That closed last year and is now called Newquay "International " Airport.
St. Mawgan (formerly St. Eval)
is now Newquay International.
There is absolutely no way even our inept gubmint would site anything there.
No motorway(it stops at Plymouth-65 miles away)
No direct rail link(single track, 4 trains a day, tourist line)
No other defence assets in that area( Bob Ainsworth visiting Plymouth today, probably to tell them to wave goodbye to the surface fleet along with the sub fleet)
Whilst I can see from one perspective the benefits of having a single hub for different types dont you simply lose resilience. Even a small cascading event can shut down significant areas for a while, look at Buncefield a few years ago or the flooding a few summers ago.
Sorry, but St Mawgan was never, ever St Eval. Two seperate, albeit fairly close, airfields. But yes, the airfield is now owned by Cornwall Council.
Don't know when you were last in Cornwall, but the A30 is dualled all the way (less a 1 mile stretch coming off Bodmin Moor) from the M5 at Exeter to near Truro, with a dualled link-road to within a couple of miles of St M.
I'll give you the point on rail-travel, however.
..........apart from RNAS Culdrose.
strange, even through the mists of time
I can't recall Bzz having enough pan space for the 40 odd Hercs along with all the Tristars and VC10's.
It was bad enough when they used to bring in the Virgin 747 for the South Atlantic runs.
Just the extra ACHE would take up space for approximately 10 Hercs, not forgetting all the bods to maintain them and all the avionics and spares, none of which are compatible with the jet fleet.
Closure of PTS & PCAU will give them another hanger and some transit accomodation.
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