RAF Brize Norton to double in size

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RAF Brize Norton is to almost double in service personnel, the Ministry of Defence revealed last night.

More than 6,600 serving airmen – 15 per cent of the RAF’s total personnel – will be based at the camp as part of major expansion plans that will turn it into Britain’s only departure point for troops serving overseas.

The Carterton base – already the country’s biggest – will next year welcome all units and personnel from RAF Lyneham when the Wiltshire base closes.

Repatriation ceremonies for troops killed in action are also likely to move to the Oxfordshire base.

RAF Brize Norton currently has 3,900 personnel and more than 600 civilians working on the site.

The development, called Programme Future Brize (PFB), is overseeing the movement of aircraft, units, aircrews, engineers, administrators, suppliers and families.

Trade leaders in Carterton hope the influx of new people would help the town’s economy prosper.

Station Commander, Group Captain Dom Stamp, said: “The transition of RAF Lyneham’s capabilities to RAF Brize Norton means that personnel and civilian staff at both stations will have to work hard over the coming months.

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“But I believe that with the work PFB are doing we can all fit together like a hand in a glove.”

Force headquarters staff from both stations already operate from a single headquarters at RAF Brize Norton.

101 Squadron, which operates the VC10 fleet, have moved to a new location on the base to create space for 33 (Engineering) Squadron from RAF Lyneham, who will be arriving between March to July.

More than 600 family homes near the base will be demolished to make way for 800 three-bedroom houses.

Before they are completed in 2016, some families will live in homes off the base.

Grp Cpt Stamp added: “Military personnel and civilian staff have worked well around the disruptions at RAF Brize Norton throughout 2009 and 2010.

“I believe that 2011 and 2012 will bring more challenges, but RAF Brize Norton will be a stronger and more capable unit because of it.”

Town councillor Phil Scott, chairman of Carterton Chamber of Trade, said the town would welcome the new arrivals.

He said: “This will be great for the local community and for the business community. The town is very vibrant and there is a lot happening. We are still in a recession but, on a looking forward basis, Carterton is the place to be.”

Mr Scott added: “From a business perspective it’s going to be good for Carterton and the area.

“It will bring more business to the area because there will be more people and they have to by their loaves of bread and pints of beer.

“The economy will prosper because of the knock-on effect of more people and houses. It’s something we’re looking forward to.”

dhearn@oxfordmail.co.uk

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9:14am Fri 4 Feb 11

Andrew:Oxford says...

That's a lot of people and great for employment in the area. It also pushes the need to re-open the railway line between Oxford, Witney and Carterton.
That's a lot of people and great for employment in the area. It also pushes the need to re-open the railway line between Oxford, Witney and Carterton. Andrew:Oxford
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9:55am Fri 4 Feb 11

WitneyBird says...

And i think they better turn the A40 into a dual carriageway from Oxford because its going to be a real nightmare for us workers who travel from Witney to Oxford and back everyday.. its bad enough as it is.
And i think they better turn the A40 into a dual carriageway from Oxford because its going to be a real nightmare for us workers who travel from Witney to Oxford and back everyday.. its bad enough as it is. WitneyBird
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10:46am Fri 4 Feb 11

YellowRose says...

It would be great to have a rail link from Witney to Oxford. Save alot of car journeys.
It would be great to have a rail link from Witney to Oxford. Save alot of car journeys. YellowRose
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10:54am Fri 4 Feb 11

Englishman says...

WitneyBird, says...
And i think they better turn the A40 into a dual carriageway from Oxford because its going to be a real nightmare for us workers who travel from Witney to Oxford and back everyday

Sorry to say that there is no point in dual carriageway until they sort the bottleneck out at the Wolvercote roundabout. If dualled first you will just have two lanes of stationary traffic.
WitneyBird, says... And i think they better turn the A40 into a dual carriageway from Oxford because its going to be a real nightmare for us workers who travel from Witney to Oxford and back everyday Sorry to say that there is no point in dual carriageway until they sort the bottleneck out at the Wolvercote roundabout. If dualled first you will just have two lanes of stationary traffic. Englishman
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4:45pm Fri 4 Feb 11

WitneyBird says...

well i think they need traffic lights on them roundabouts too. Just like the new ones at Botley towards the A420 & A34. That stopped all the bottlenecking down the Botley Road.
well i think they need traffic lights on them roundabouts too. Just like the new ones at Botley towards the A420 & A34. That stopped all the bottlenecking down the Botley Road. WitneyBird
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8:26pm Fri 4 Feb 11

bodchris says...

WitneyBird wrote:
And i think they better turn the A40 into a dual carriageway from Oxford because its going to be a real nightmare for us workers who travel from Witney to Oxford and back everyday.. its bad enough as it is.
I TOTALLY agree with this comment. Whilst I wholeheartedly support our armed forces especially the RAF the sheer volume of people will add to our congested roads and services. Building extra lanes onto the A40 to Oxford, the M40 and the A5 is an absolute imperative. The widening and strengthening of the roads from Carterton and Brize to Witney ought to be considered as well as the dangerous road to Lechlade.
[quote][p][bold]WitneyBird[/bold] wrote: And i think they better turn the A40 into a dual carriageway from Oxford because its going to be a real nightmare for us workers who travel from Witney to Oxford and back everyday.. its bad enough as it is.[/p][/quote]I TOTALLY agree with this comment. Whilst I wholeheartedly support our armed forces especially the RAF the sheer volume of people will add to our congested roads and services. Building extra lanes onto the A40 to Oxford, the M40 and the A5 is an absolute imperative. The widening and strengthening of the roads from Carterton and Brize to Witney ought to be considered as well as the dangerous road to Lechlade. bodchris
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10:43pm Fri 4 Feb 11

julesh says...

The one reason why we needed the sainsburys that the tradesman of Carterton decided we did not need and got it rejected !!
The one reason why we needed the sainsburys that the tradesman of Carterton decided we did not need and got it rejected !! julesh
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