By Chris Stonor
UK-based Skyports, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with London’s Brent Cross South Limited Partnership, for a joint venture between Argent Related and Barnet Council, to develop a passenger air taxi vertiport, reports a press release.
The release says, “Brent Cross Town, a 180-acre development in north west London which is being regenerated as a new UKP7 billion mixed-use park town for the capital, was selected as a prospective location for the vertiport due to its outstanding connectivity into central London.”
Brent Cross Development
It goes on, “A vertiport at Brent Cross Town will create the opportunity for electric passenger air taxi services between this and other Skyports vertiports in and around London and the rest of the UK.” An interim vertiport could be built at Brent Cross Town as early as 2024, with a permanent location finalised a little later on.
Duncan Walker, CEO of Skyports, commented, “This exciting project is a sign of huge progress within the industry. The very fact that vertiports are being planned for construction in mixed-use neighbourhoods such as Brent Cross Town demonstrates the direction in which the industry is moving and the increasing confidence in its success.”
André Gibbs, Partner at Argent Related added, “The vertiport would strengthen transport connections into and out of central London and complement the new train station, the existing tube links, comprehensive road connectivity and cycleways.”
Skyports will work with Brent Cross Town to share market insights and developments in the AAM industry, undertake due diligence on the site and engage with external regulatory bodies such as the UK Civil Aviation Authority and local government to obtain relevant permissions.
The Brent Cross Town team together with Barnet Council will provide the essential local knowledge to allow plans to progress, as well as lead introductions with local stakeholders and contractors, and facilitate access to enable Skyports to undertake any preliminary investigative works.
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