UK DIO commences runway restoration project at RAF Valley


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The UK Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) has started a project to restore one of two runways at the Royal Air Force (RAF) Valley located on the island of Anglesey, Wales, UK.

Estimated at £20m, the project which is aimed at extending the life of the runway by a further 25 years is being carried out by the joint venture of North Stone and White Mountain.

DIO project manager Alan Baker said: "I am pleased that work is now underway and look forward to working with personnel at the station and our contractors to ensure everything continues to run smoothly throughout the project, to provide this vital upgrade for the pilots and groundcrew at RAF Valley.

The project includes the renovation of the runway and link taxiways, as well as provision for a new section of airside perimeter road, new visual aids, aeronautical lighting and signage at the station which is primarily a fast jet training base.

The project will strengthen the runway for operational use of aircraft such as Hawk aircraft Hercules, Tornados and Typhoons.

"The project will strengthen the runway for operational use of aircraft such as Hawk aircraft Hercules, Tornados and Typhoons."

The runway, which is currently undergoing restoration, was last resurfaced in 1995.

During the implementation of the project, RAF Valley will remain as an operational station, said the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD).

However, it will remain non-operational for a maximum period of four weeks to permit construction in some areas.

Works under the contract are scheduled for completion by February 2017.


Image: Aerial view of RAF Valley. Photo: courtesy of Crown Copyright.