RAF Valley runway reopens after £20m revamp

The UK Government say a £20 million revamp of RAF Valley’s main railway will secure its future for the next 25 years.

Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon visited the airbase on Tuesday to officially reopen the runway, which will be able to support trainee pilots for Tornados and Typhoons. It also provides a fast jet training base for Hawk aircraft and helicopters.

Refurbishment work on the runway was carried out over eighteen months by the DIO consortium after winning a contract.

Among the improvements are upgraded taxiways, a perimeter road, improved lighting and a refurbished hangar, where three new Jupiter helicopters for training pilots will be based. Three Airbus helicopters will also arrive at Valley before the end of the year.

Sir Michael said: ”This famous runway has been an integral part of the careers of generations of fast-jet pilots who have seen action across the world and are currently leading RAF strikes against Daesh. I’m delighted that this investment will see the runway play that vital role for at least another 25 years, training new pilots in the skills they need to help keep us safe when flying the next generation of aircraft.”

The station commander at Valley, Group Captain Nick Tucker-Lowe added: ”Our team of military personnel, Civil Servants and industry partners take great pride in their role of training the next generation of fighter pilots for the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy. With our refurbished main runway, we are well prepared for the future.”

As part of his visit to North Wales, the Defence Secretary also visited the DECA plant at MOD Sealand in Flintshire.