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$65m Upgrade for Sydney Airport runway
Tuesday, 27 November 2007

Sydney Airport's east-west runway will close for more than a year so the airport can carry out essential safety work.

The airport's management says it spent $6 million upgrading the other runways in the past, but this project will cost more than $65 million due to infrastructure, such as the M5 East Motorway tunnel, being so close.

International aviation safety standards require larger safety areas in areas where aircraft overrun the runway.

The 25 per cent of airport traffic that uses the runway will be transferred to the north-south landing strips from April.

Sydney Airport corporate affairs manager Rod Gilmore says new standards, introduced a few years ago, means a larger safety area has to be built at the western end of the runway.

Mr Gilmore says the closure will mean increased noise for some.

"It's necessary to comply with safety regulations [so] there will be a temporary impact on people to the north and south of the airport," he said.

Construction will begin at the western end of the runway in April next year and is expected to be finished in 2008.

By : abc.net.au
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