Ipswich Rail Chord

About this project

The construction and operation of a new railway link (known as a "chord"), 1,415m long, to the north of Ipswich Goods Yard, Ipswich, Suffolk, linking the Great Eastern Main Line and East Suffolk Line railways. The construction of the railway includes the widening of the embankment carrying the Great Eastern Main Line, reconstruction and widening of the bridge over Sproughton Road, Ipswich, a new railway bridge across the River Gipping, a new railway embankment on the south-eastern side of the river and the of the existing railway bridge carrying the East Suffolk Line railway over the river.

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Recent activity

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Decision made by the Secretary of State
5 September 2012
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Recommendations given by the Planning Inspectorate
12 June 2012
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View the notification from the Examining authority regarding the close of examination.

22 March 2012
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Examination ends
22 March 2012

What happens next

A decision on the application for a development consent order for Ipswich Rail Chord was taken on 5 September 2012 and has now been issued. The statement of reasons can be viewed here.

The period for legal challenge is defined in s118 of the Planning Act 2008. Further information about legal challenge can be found in the letter sent to all interested parties accompanying the statement of reasons.

If you have any queries about the process please email the Planning Inspectorate at enquiries@infrastructure.gsi.gov.uk or telephone the helpdesk on 0303 444 5000.