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21/10/2021

Decision on Portishead Branch Line delayed

Words: Laura Edgar
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A decision on a development consent order (DCO) for the construction of a new railway on the trackbed on the former branch line from Bristol to Portishead has been delayed.

Robert Courts, parliamentary under-secretary of state for transport, announced the delay in a written statement. The decision was due on 19 October.

The application for Portishead Branch Line – MetroWest Phase 1 was submitted by North Somerset District Council under the Planning Act 2008 in November 2019.

The secretary of state should make a decision on Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIPS) within three months of receipt of the Planning Inspectorate's report unless exercising the power under section 107(3) to extend the deadline. The deadline must be announced in a statement to the House of Commons.

The transport secretary received the Planning Inspectorate's report on 19 July.

The deadline for a decision is now 19 April 2022, an extension of six months. The extension has been made to allow further consideration of environmental matters.

Documents relating to the scheme can be found here.

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