June 18, 2012 3.34 pm This story is over 114 months old

Red Arrows to remain at RAF Scampton near Lincoln

Staying put: Despite relocation plans, the government decided moving the Red Arrows from Scampton to Waddington would not be cost effective.

The government confirmed the Red Arrows will stay at their RAF Scampton base near Lincoln until at least the end of the decade.

This is because the proposed move to RAF Waddington from 2014 wouldn’t have been cost effective, Armed Forces minister Nick Harvey said.

The move has been on the table since 2008, when the Labour government intended to downsize the base near Lincoln, but no decision has been made until today.

The surveillance and control teams will also remain at RAF Scampton, while the runway is due to be resurfaced later this year.

The Red Arrows will be conducting a flypast over the Olympic torch party in Lincoln on June 27.

This is the only flypast the Red Arrows will do before their display as part of the Olympic opening ceremony in London.

Source: Press Association | Related Reports: BBC Lincolnshire, Lincolnshire Echo

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