Sydney safety improvements.
Sydney Airport has announced that it will begin constructing a
larger runway safety area at the western end of the east-west runway in
April 2008. This forms part of a mandatory safety requirement at
Australia's airports set by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) and is in line with international aviation standards. They are
intended to minimise the harm to passengers in the unlikely event that
an aircraft over runs or lands short of a runway. Airport CEO, Russell
Balding, said "Sydney Airport has three runways, meaning that we
require six of these larger runway safety areas. We have already
completed five, at a cost of $3 million, and will commence constructing
the sixth, at a cost of more than $65 million, in April 2008. The
increased cost of the last one is due to having to deal with Sydney
Water's Southern and Western Suburbs Ocean Outfall Sewer (SWSOOS);
M5 East Motorway Tunnel; EnergyAustralia's high voltage power
feeder cables; and The Cooks River.
The runway safety area comprises an 87,190 sq ft (8,100[m.sup.2])
land bridge that will provide a cleared section measuring 295ft by 295ft
(90m by 90m) from the end of the runway strip that will help to slow
down an aircraft. Construction will involve the installation of more
than a hundred 88ft (27m) long pre-cast concrete structural beams, each
weighing more than 25 tonnes.
Pre-construction site works began in December and the runway will
either be closed, or have only restricted availability, from April 2008
to completion of the project in mid-2009.