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How to get involved

Consultation and feedback is central to the planning process for Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIPs).

Get Involved

Ashfield Land and Gazeley GLP, the developers behind Rail Central, have been engaging and consulting with the local community and a full range of stakeholders since late 2015. The purpose of the process has been to provide local residents, elected representatives and other interested parties the opportunity to understand and influence the proposals.

As well as being a central part of the NSIP planning process, consultation is a statutory requirement for Ashfield Land and Gazeley GLP as the scheme applicants. Throughout this process we have been following the requirements set out in the NSIP process and working hard to ensure that anyone wanting to participate in the consultation has the opportunity to do so.

The consultation programme was designed to take place in a clear and sequential way, with local residents and other interested parties engaged at an early stage so that information can be shared and we can understand any specific issues or concerns so that they can be considered before the plans are at an advanced stage.

Reviewing plans

Please visit the Community Engagement page for further details on this.

The proposals have now been submitted to the Planning Inspectorate for consideration and determination. This process is run by the Planning Inspectorate so please contact it directly if you want to be involved or find out more. You can contact the Planning Inspectorate on 0303 444 5000 or visit its website at:

If you still wish to contact the Rail Central team please e-mail us via or telephone our information line (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5.30pm) on 0845 543 8967 (please note calls are charged at local rates). You can also get in touch by post addressed to Freepost Rail Central.

What is the overall timetable?

The final plans (known as a Development Consent Order, or DCO application) were submitted to the Planning Inspectorate, the government body responsible for considering NSIP applications, in October 2018. The body accepted the application for examination in November 2018, Following this, an independent inspector will carry out an examination and make a recommendation to government who will make the final decision on whether consent should be granted or refused. Once accepted, the timescale for examining and determining DCO applications is set by legislation at around 15 months.