Please see below an indicative timeline of key milestones for the project. Please note these are subject to change.

Autumn 2022

Statutory consultation on detailed project route proposals.

Q3 2023

Submit DCO application to the Planning Inspectorate.

Early/Mid 2024

DCO examination and determination process.

Late 2024 / 2025

Construction begins. Please note that for the most part, construction will not affect a location for the whole two years (subject to consent).


Earliest construction completion date.

Please note the timeline may be refined as this work progresses.

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Due to its scale, the project is classified as a nationally significant infrastructure project (NSIP) under the Planning Act 2008 and the application will be determined by the Government.

In Q3 of 2023, we intend to submit our proposals to the Planning Inspectorate, the Government body responsible for handling NSIP applications. The Planning Inspectorate will carry out an examination of the proposals and make a recommendation to the Secretary of State who will make the final decision.

Local councils, stakeholders and residents have an important role to play through this process. All written comments we receive will be considered and reported as part of the application process.

Please note, comments may be made public and the personal details of respondents may be made available to the Planning Inspectorate and other third parties

You can find out more about the process at www. infrastructure.planninginspectorate.gov.uk .

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