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Government eyes Vernamfield for second logistics hub location

Published:Friday | May 13, 2016 | 5:25 PM
Speaking at a post-Budget press conference this morning Finance Minister Audley Shaw said the government won't abandon plans for Goat Islands, but will also focus on Vernamfield as a viable logistics hub location.

The government has plans to develop a second logistics hub in Vernamfield, Clarendon.

The previous PNP administration had partnered with the Chinese to develop a logistics hub on the Goat Islands at a cost of US$1.5 billion.

Speaking at a post-Budget press conference this morning Finance Minister Audley Shaw said the government won't abandon plans for Goat Islands, but will also focus on Vernamfield as a viable logistics hub location.

 

Finance Minister Audley Shaw

Shaw says he can't give the cost for the proposed hub at Vernamfield and also failed to give a date for the start of the project.

He also says it is too early to determine if the Chinese will be involved with the proposed Vernamfield project.

multi-modal hub at Vernamfield was first proposed by Transport Minister Mike Henry during the JLP's last term in office.

Henry had said funding was identified and young people had already begun aviation training in Singapore in preparation for the project at vernamfield.

However, Henry's plans were abandoned when the JLP was voted out of office during the the 2012 elections.