The paper describes how the proposal to construct a second runway at Manchester Airport was shelved in favour of a decision to strengthen, improve and extend the existing runway. The strengthening and improvement was undertaken between October 1978 and August 1980. It involved laying 236000t of Marshall asphalt during night closures of the runway, construction of a new taxiway, widening the hard shoulders to the runway and the installation of a new runway lighting system. The runway extension was commenced in March 1981 and opened to traffic in August 1982. It has increased the paved length of the runway by 244M to 3048M. Its construction has entailed a river diversion in open channel over a length of 780M and the formation of an embankment 25M in height to support the extended flight strip. Embankment construction was carried out using alternative layers of marl/boulder clay and gritstone drainage layers. The new pavement was in 350mm thick unreinforced concrete, other features of the scheme being a 25M bridge over the new river channel, a weir/stilling pond, an aircraft arrester bed and a localizer area for the instrument landing system. (Author/TRRL)

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 221-236
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 76

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00386004
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 30 1984 12:00AM