ABOVE: VFR 1:500,000 map (Edition 46: 22 April 2023) showing the location of the MLLR (pink north-south corridor in image centre)

The CAA has announced it is seeking the public’s perspective on its proposed changes to the Manchester Low Level Route (MLLR), following a review of the airspace first published in July 2023.

Having identified “a number of safety concerns, notably the risk of mid-air collisions” alongside urban expansion and risks of airspace infringement (due to the area’s proximity to Class D airspace), the regulator has therefore proposed four core elements to the Manchester Low Level Route. The CAA adds that while these will “improve safety within the MLLR,” it does “not expect the amendment to have any negative impacts on the aviation community or local communities”.

Suggested changes include the reclassification of the current Class D MLLR airspace to Class G uncontrolled airspace, implementing a Restricted Area within the reclassified airspace, and introducing a maximum altitude of1500ft (200ft higher than currently permitted). The eastern boundary of the MLLR will also be extended by 0.65 nautical miles.

Although the CAA is seeking feedback on each separate element, “It’s our strong belief that the combination of all proposed elements is essential for achieving our objectives most effectively and as such our final submission to the regulator will be one whole solution rather than the individual elements,” concludes the consultation.

Interested parties may contact the CAA Airspace Regulation Group via this link until 15 July 2024.