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« Reply #765 on: November 08, 2019, 05:21:13 pm »

As I said in October, JFDI !

Never in the field of railway reopenings, can so many millions of pounds, millions of words, millions of seconds been invested in such a project with so little to show for it!
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« Reply #766 on: November 08, 2019, 05:49:38 pm »

It does make you wonder, after at least 5 years of concerted effort, research, planning, and document preparation by North Somerset DC, the LEP, and now WECA what exactly is left to do that is going to take DfT and a minister 18 months to make a decision on something so blindingly obviously needed. Beggars belief.
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« Reply #767 on: November 08, 2019, 06:07:23 pm »

It does make you wonder, after at least 5 years of concerted effort, research, planning, and document preparation by North Somerset DC, the LEP, and now WECA what exactly is left to do that is going to take DfT and a minister 18 months to make a decision on something so blindingly obviously needed. Beggars belief.

Only the last three months of that is the SoS's own personal delay. The rest is the Planning Inspectorate's, to do National Infrastructure Planning under the Planning Act 2008.


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« Reply #768 on: November 08, 2019, 07:07:41 pm »


Only the last three months of that is the SoS's own personal delay. The rest is the Planning Inspectorate's, to do National Infrastructure Planning under the Planning Act 2008.

Crikey, it must have been even worse once upon a time! Still, with few exceptions, those are maximum times. The Inspectorate could do the first bit within a fortnight rather than 28 days, the SoS could be sat with his pen poised ready for action waiting to sign off the Inspector's recommendation, rather than playing Candy Crush on his PC (or worse) for 89 days, them making his mark. They won't though. It will go to the wire. It would be nice to hear the starting gun soon.
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