Birmingham Airport Inland Border Facility

How to comment on the proposals

This website provides an opportunity for interested individuals and organisations to view information about the Government’s proposals for the Birmingham Airport Inland Border Facility.

As part of the forthcoming submission of the site proposals, we are preparing a stakeholder engagement report that will record the views of individuals and organisations that provide feedback.

The 14-day period of local engagement regarding the Birmingham Airport Inland Border Facility has now closed.

Information Booklet

Further details about the Birmingham Airport Inland Border Facility are available to view in an Information Booklet which is available to view and download here.

Construction Update

We wanted to let you know that we will be carrying out some minor enabling works at the site which do not require planning permission.  

You may see some site set up works starting from 26 October, with construction works starting from 2 November 2020. 

These preparations are important to ensure that the site can be ready for the 1 January 2021 to help support readiness for the end of the transition period. 

Inland border facilities form an essential part of our preparations to manage any potential disruption and ensure the free flow of goods in and out of the UK. They are subject to securing the necessary approvals under the new Special Development Order which came into force on the 24 September 2020. 

In undertaking this work, we are in no way pre-judging any decision on our proposals to use the site from the 1 January 2021 for a temporary period of two years as an Inland Border Facility. 

All works will be carefully carried out to minimise any potential impacts on local residents. 

Background

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is progressing plans for the use of Car Park 6 at Birmingham Airport as an inland border facility.

The site would act as an office for starting and ending transit movements of goods to and from the UK. It would include parking areas for Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGV) and other vehicles as well as security measures and facilities to enable the checking of vehicles and goods entering and exiting the site.

HMRC’s proposed use of the site will require approval, which the Government is seeking under the requirements of a Special Development Order (SDO).

The inland border facility proposals are temporary and are designed to ensure no significant or long-term environmental effects. HMRC has reviewed the options for use of the site and based on current planning, expect the site to be needed for up to two years.

HMRC is engaging with the community and other engagement parties. You can view copies of letters sent to residents regarding the proposals below.

Site Location Map

Inland border facility location

The Birmingham Airport Inland Border Facility would be located on land currently used as Car Park 6 at Birmingham Airport. The site lies to the south east of the Airport terminal and runway and has direct access to the A45 (Coventry Road) near the intersection with the M42 at Junction 6 (J6).

The M42 is a major HGV route into and out of the ports operating in the Dover Straits and for accessing Birmingham and major population areas such as Manchester and Liverpool in the North-West of England via the M6.


Traffic flow and access

Directing vehicles to the inland border facility

Traffic would access and leave the site via the existing site access point on Jetstream Road, travelling along the A45 Coventry Road towards J6 of the M42. This is an already established HGV route for vehicles serving Birmingham Airport and other businesses located within UK Central.

Major works are planned on J6 of the M42 commencing in 2021 and continuing for the duration of the site’s operation. This is expected to involve night-time closures of the junction so in these circumstances, HGVs would be diverted via the remaining Strategic Road Network (SRN) and local road network (LRN) to access the site when necessary.

Prominent road signage

There will be prominent road signage that directs HGV drivers to the inland border facility.

There will also be signs outside the site entrance to advise hauliers about the use of site facilities and providing site contact details.

Entry and exit points at the site

There would be one point of access and egress to the site from the existing access / egress point on Jetstream Road. HGVs would be separated by the site design, whereby HGVs arriving would be directed into swim lanes and HGVs egressing will be directed out via the existing site egress.

Site staff would access and egress the site via the existing site access/egress point but would be directed to turn immediately left into the staff car park.

Access & vehicle movement plan


Environment

As part of the site-specific proposals for the inland border facility, environmental studies continue to be carried out and relevant bodies, including the Environment Agency, Natural England and Historic England continue to be engaged about the use of the site.

The inland border facility proposals are temporary and are designed to ensure no significant or long-term environmental effects. HMRC, alongside other Government departments, has reviewed the options for use of the site and, based on current planning, expect the site to be needed for up to two years.

Given the temporary nature of the inland border facilities, reinstatement plans will be prepared for approval which can be implemented when any inland border facility activities cease. Further details will be set out
within both our Operational Management Plan and Reinstatement Plan.

As part of the SDO approval, a study of the likely environmental effects will be produced. This study will have consideration of air quality, cultural heritage, landscape and visual effects, biodiversity, road drainage and water, and noise. The study will also consider geology and soils, material assets and waste, population and health, and climate.


Frequently asked questions

What is the role of the inland border facility?

The site would act as an office for starting and ending transit movements of goods to and from the UK. Each location includes parking areas for HGVs and other vehicles as well as security measures and facilities
to enable the checking of goods and vehicles entering and exiting the sites. There are also temporary office buildings, staff and driver welfare amenities.

Why this location?

The site is in close proximity to J6 of the M42 motorway, a key HGV route into and out of the ports operating in the Dover Straits and for accessing Birmingham and major population centres, such as Manchester and Liverpool, in the North-West of England.

Will the operation of the site impact local communities?

The site is not located directly alongside residential properties. HGVs that access the site will also not pass by residential properties. The site manager would be contactable by local residents should there be any adverse impacts.

What is the capacity of the site?

The site is located to the south east of Birmingham Airport terminal and runway and currently used as Car Park 6. The proposed operations are currently expected to require up to 198 HGV spaces.

What impact will Highways England’s Junction 6 improvements have on the site?

We are in liaison with Highways England to understand the impacts of their scheme upon the Strategic and local road networks, and what impact these will have upon the site. The findings of this engagement will be included in our Transport Assessment.

How many staff are expected on site?

Approximately 150 staff would be on site in shift patterns including site management, inspections, front office, traffic management and Security staff. There would be parking provisions and welfare facilities provided for them.

What type of vehicles are expected to use the inland border facility?

The inland border facility would be used by HGVs, cars and vans, including staff vehicles.

Are refrigerated vehicles expected at the inland border facility?

Provision is being made for refrigerated vehicles.
No idling would be permitted by refrigerated vehicles as engines of all stationary vehicles must be switched off while on site.

Will vehicles be inspected at the inland border facility?

There would be inspection bays on site and the time required for each HGV check (excluding physical inspection) is expected to be a maximum of two hours. If a physical examination is required, an inspection may take up to eight hours.

Will goods be unloaded at the inland border facility?

There are examination facilities on site, and it is anticipated that some of the goods that are brought to the site will need a physical examination.

Will there be any hazardous materials brought on to the inland border facility?

An Operational Management Plan will be developed for the inland border facility which will explain how the site will be managed and operated safely, including in relation to any hazardous materials.

How will you monitor the number of HGVs arriving at site?

Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras would be positioned at the site access and egress point in order to record vehicles entering and exiting the site.

What will you offer to ensure biodiversity net gain?

We are actively considering how best to include biodiversity enhancements within our proposals and recognise the importance of this. We will be setting out fuller details within our Operational Management Plan for the site and will work with relevant stakeholders regarding these enhancements.

Will this create local jobs?

Yes, the proposals will create local jobs. We will set out a strategy for securing local employment within our Operational Management Plan for the site.