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Author Topic: Portishead Line reopening for passengers - ongoing discussion  (Read 238060 times)
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« Reply #795 on: January 11, 2020, 06:50:41 am »

Enough for a red squirrel to turn white no doubt!
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« Reply #796 on: January 11, 2020, 01:49:19 pm »

It's worth remembering that every few years it becomes necessary to close the A4 Portway, on the other side of the Avon Gorge but also part of the 156 hectares that make up the Avon Gorge SSSI, while they do works to stop rocks falling on cars below. This involves, I suspect, far more damaging interventions than will be needed for the Portishead line.

Indeed so. It used to be a lot more intensive before the canopy was built under the bridge, although I'm not sure that falling rocks were the primary reason. I can recall the Portway being closed for months one year, whilst people in harnesses swung from ropes, inspecting and chiselling here and there. I don't believe there is a way to completely stabilised the A4 side of the gorge to the point that there could never be a rock big enough to do some serious harm fall 80 metres. There are countries where the response to this danger would be to erect a sign saying "Beware of falling rocks", but I can well understand why that isn't the way here.

Well if any of this does cause further delays to this reopening, I for one will certainly be apomictic with rage.

I'm personally hoping it doesn't come to that, what with the holiday season just around the corner.
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« Reply #797 on: January 15, 2020, 12:52:47 pm »

Notice of Acceptance of Application for DCO in the paper this morning -
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« Reply #798 on: January 15, 2020, 01:38:34 pm »

Notice of Acceptance of Application for DCO in the paper this morning -

For those who prefer it, the same news on the interweb, and the letter from TPI:
Dear Mr Willcock,Planning Act 2008 (as amended) – Section 55
Application by North Somerset District Council for an Order Granting Development Consent for the Portishead Branch Line – MetroWest Phase 1
Notification of decision to accept an application for Examination for an Order Granting Development Consent
I refer to the above application for an Order granting development consent made under section 37(2) of the Planning Act 2008 (as amended) (PA2008) and received by the Planning Inspectorate on behalf of the Secretary of State on 15 November 2019.

The Secretary of State has decided to accept this application for Examination. In reaching this decision, the Secretary of State has:
• in respect of section 55(3)(e) had regard to the matters set out in section 55(4), and concluded that the applicant has complied with Chapter 2 of Part 5 of PA2008; and
• in respect of section 55(3)(f), had regard to the extent to which those matters set out in section 55(5A) have either been complied with or followed, and concluded that the application (including accompaniments) is of a satisfactory standard.

Please be aware of your duties under:
• sections 56, 58 and 59 of PA2008;
• Regulations 8, 9 and 10 of the Infrastructure Planning (Applications: Prescribed Forms and Procedure) Regulations 2009 (as amended); and
• Regulation 13 of The Infrastructure Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2009 or, for projects scoped after 16 May 2017, the Infrastructure Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2017. Delete this bullet point if your project is not EIA development.

Yours sincerely
Simone Wilding
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For and on behalf of the Secretary of State for the Ministry of Housing,
Communities and Local Government
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« Reply #799 on: Yesterday at 12:09:12 pm »

A hard copy of the Development Consent Order documents can now be viewed at Portishead Library, Pill Resource Centre and Bristol Library until 26 February (Note: The documents total 20,735 pages!).

The documents can also be viewed online at:

One page for every great crested newt I guess !
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