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Author Topic: Portishead Line reopening for passengers - ongoing discussion  (Read 328338 times)
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« Reply #1005 on: November 15, 2022, 09:23:39 am »

Does a DCO (Driver Controlled Operation) have an expiry date? I looked at the notification and the SoS decision letter and couldn't see anything there, but I'm sure someone here knows...
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« Reply #1006 on: November 15, 2022, 09:23:58 am »

Anyway, good news!
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« Reply #1007 on: November 15, 2022, 11:00:44 am »

Does a DCO (Driver Controlled Operation) have an expiry date? I looked at the notification and the SoS decision letter and couldn't see anything there, but I'm sure someone here knows...

From P.44 of the full DCO document:

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The authorised development must not commence later than the expiration of 5 years beginning with the date on which this Order comes into force.

...which would be 5th December 2022
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« Reply #1008 on: November 15, 2022, 11:51:28 am »

It would be nice to think that Mark Harper as a local FoD  MP (Member of Parliament) was aware of the long running saga of the Portishead line   and decided to end the nonsense  within 2 weeks of getting his feet under the desk!
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« Reply #1009 on: November 15, 2022, 12:01:10 pm »

Is the Minister's decision the final word on the subject?

Obviously, as a project that's not yet reached properly the shovels on the ground stage, there must be a risk (please no) that the funding will be evaporated in these straitened times.  But I'd like to know if this decision is one that can now be challenged in the courts?  Legal action has held-up and made more costly so many infrastructure projects
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« Reply #1010 on: November 15, 2022, 12:20:27 pm »

The Evening Post are suggesting...and we know how they always get it right....that the full business case still needs approval and that won't happen until summer 2024. So we are once again 4 years away from actually seeing trains on the line!.
I wonder if it is worth looking up previous DCO (Driver Controlled Operation) consents and seeing how long it was before services were up and running ??
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« Reply #1011 on: November 15, 2022, 04:38:45 pm »

The Evening Post are suggesting...and we know how they always get it right....that the full business case still needs approval and that won't happen until summer 2024. So we are once again 4 years away from actually seeing trains on the line!.
I wonder if it is worth looking up previous DCO (Driver Controlled Operation) consents and sering how long it was before services were up and running ??

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The DCO decision follows an agreement between North Somerset, the Combined Authority and the Department for Transport to collectively pledge £35.58m in additional funding to the project. The additional funding and the start of construction remains subject to a decision on the project’s Full Business Case in 2024.   

Over the next 18 months the project will complete its detailed design, undertake ecology enabling works and, finally, submit its Full Business Case to funding decision makers (the Department for Transport, the Combined Authority and North Somerset Council).
See https://www.n-somerset.gov.uk/news/portishead-bristol-train-line-gets-big-boost-planning-consent
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« Reply #1012 on: November 15, 2022, 05:41:07 pm »

I did a bit for Radio Bristol this evening - had to follow Steve Bridger and Liam Fox. All good fun.
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« Reply #1013 on: November 16, 2022, 07:10:42 am »

Mike Rowland on Radio Bristol before 07:30am on Wednesday 16th November 2022,

talking about the train rail excursion he organised in the late 1970's from Portishead to Bath.
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« Reply #1014 on: November 16, 2022, 10:53:38 am »

I did a bit for Radio Bristol this evening - had to follow Steve Bridger and Liam Fox. All good fun.

About what time RS?  I'll try and have a listen on iPlayer.
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« Reply #1015 on: November 16, 2022, 11:01:38 am »

I did a bit for Radio Bristol this evening - had to follow Steve Bridger and Liam Fox. All good fun.

About what time RS?  I'll try and have a listen on iPlayer.

I've looked on BBC» (British Broadcasting Corporation - home page) Sounds, and can't see it, unless it was replayed this morning as part of the Update programme.
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« Reply #1016 on: November 16, 2022, 11:06:17 am »

Sorry chaps, didn't mean to be so coy. It's here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p0d88h3j

Item starts at about 3 hours 10 mins in, so you'll want to fast-forward to there!
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