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How to get involved

Consultation and feedback is central to the planning process for Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIPs).

Get Involved

Ashfield Land and Gazeley, the developers behind Rail Central, have been engaging and consulting with the local community and a full range of stakeholders. The purpose of the process is to provide local residents, elected representatives and other interested parties the opportunity to understand and influence the proposals.

As well as being a central part of the NSIP planning process, consultation is a statutory requirement for Ashfield Land and Gazeley as the scheme applicants. Throughout this process we have been following the requirements set out in the NSIP process and working hard to ensure that anyone wanting to participate in the consultation has the opportunity to do so.

The consultation programme has been designed to take place in a clear and sequential way, with local residents and other interested parties engaged at an early stage so that information can be shared and we can understand any specific issues or concerns so that they can be considered before the plans are at an advanced stage.

Reviewing plans

We set up a number of ways to help ensure local communities can take part in the Phase Two Consultation and provide feedback. The consultation materials were available at a series of public exhibitions in March 2018, in the project library of this website, and at specified deposit locations in the local area. Between 15 March and 11.59pm on 23 April we invited local residents, landowners, stakeholders and others with an interest in the project to provide their written feedback. Feedback could be provided via an online feedback form on the project website, by sending an email to the project email address ( or by sending feedback via Freepost to the dedicated project freepost address (Freepost Rail Central).

If you have any questions please e-mail us via or telephone our information line (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5.30pm) on 0845 543 8967 (please note calls are charged at local rates). You can also get in touch by post addressed to Freepost Rail Central.

What is the overall timetable?

We intend to submit our final plans (known as a Development Consent Order, or DCO application) to the Planning Inspectorate, the government body responsible for considering NSIP applications, later this year. The body will then review the application and an independent inspector will carry out an examination and make a recommendation to government who will make the final decision on whether consent should be granted or refused. Once accepted, the timescale for examining and determining DCO applications is set by legislation at around 15 months.

The earliest any work would likely start would be 2019. If this is the case, we anticipate the first occupier to be in by 2021.