Where we are
The proposals for Rail Central are currently being developed. Draft plans were presented to the public for consultation during 2016. The plans are being developed and will be published for further consultation when we have comprehensive details across all key areas.
At at an early stage we carried out initial Environmental Scoping which is available on the National Infrastructure Planning website. This scoping process established the technical work we carried out as we developed our proposals and identified the environmental aspects that would need to be considered as the plans progress.
Since November 2015, we have engaging proactively with the local communities and their representatives. We introduced the scheme to MPs, local councillors, parish councils and other representatives ahead of the full public consultation that started in April 2016. In April and May 2016, we held a number of public exhibitions as part of our Phase One consultation to help people understand the plans and register their comments and opinions. In August 2016, Ashfield Land published updated illustrative plans and new visual material as part of the Phase One community consultation. This first round of consultation closed on 21 October 2016.
Phase Two consultation is scheduled to take place when we have comprehensive details across all key areas on which to consult, including highways and the environment, with updated plans showing how they have been developed since our Phase One Consultation and further details on visual impact and highways.