The project involves the conversion of a 12 mile stretch from its existing use as a freight line to once again serve passengers. The scheme includes six new stations at Ashington, Blyth Bebside, Bedlington, Newsham, Seaton Delaval and Northumberland Park and associated infrastructure such as the construction of new footbridges, earthworks, and level crossing upgrades. The scheme is currently in development ahead of construction in 2022.
Land & Property
- Managing land references for the project.
- Acquiring over 100 land parcels/rights required to deliver the project.
- Establishing the ownership and management regime for completed assets (e.g., stations and bridges).
- Delivering multiple temporary access licences for ground investigation and ecology surveys.
- Management of objectors in advance of an inquiry.
- Negotiation with rail industry stakeholders.
- Led on pre-application discussions with the local planning authority and other key stakeholders.
- Authored Planning Statements to show the compliance of the proposals with planning policies and benefits to the region.
- Assembled, submitted and managed the determination of the applications for planning permission and related consents for the new railway stations and other associated works.
- Provided contributions to the TWAO, including providing input to the Statement of Case, authoring a Proof of Evidence, and appearing as an expert witness at the inquiry.
Environmental and ecology
- Prepared and authored supporting Landscape and Visual Impact Assessments, proposed landscaping plans, Design and Access Statements, Ecological Impact Assessments, and discussions regarding biodiversity net gain requirements.
- Devised the public consultation strategy to align requirements for the pre-planning application, TWAO and Level Crossing Order consultations.
- Authored Statements of Community Engagement to support planning applications.
- Arranging agreements for the adoption and maintenance of assets (i.e., stations, footbridges, underpasses) along the line.
- Agreement with the operator on the running of new train services.
- Working with the chosen Station Facility Owner to ensure that all their requirements have been considered as part of final designs.
- Legal property agreements required for the opening of the line and stations.
- Rail Regulatory Processes to allow the opening of the line, stations, and services.