Changes to Australian safety regulations required airports to provide longer safety areas at the ends of all runways. These areas provide a margin of safety should an aircraft need more runway length than is usual during a landing or departure.
Upgrading the safety area at the western end of Sydney Airport’s east-west runway was highly complex due to the close proximity of the M5 East Motorway tunnel, the Cooks River and Sydney Water’s South and Western Suburbs Ocean Outfall Sewer.
RPS managed the consultation process for this project in accordance with the requirements of the Airports Act 1996. This involved preparing a stakeholder consultation strategy and implementing consultation and communication activities with a range of stakeholders. These included government agencies, the aviation industry, business, community groups and the broader Sydney public. The project was approved in August 2008 and construction began in October 2008. We managed community relations and communications during the construction works, which were completed in early 2010.