North Doncaster Rail Chord (near Shaftholme)

About this project

The proposed development comprises the construction of a new 3.2 kilometre long twin track railway constructed partly on embankment and partly on a new 246 metre long viaduct which will span the East Coast Mainline Railway (ECML) and Joan Croft Lane.

The proposed development will also include the construction of a permanent highway overbridge over the ECML to allow the closure of the Joan Croft level crossing and other associated works. This closure will enable the new railway line to be lower than it would otherwise have to be.

The schedule works are set out in schedule A to the draft Development Consent Order (document 5.1). Further, non-technical detail is set out in the Description of the Development (document 3.8). A full explanation of the proposed development can also be found in the Environmental Statement (document 4.1).

Recent activity

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Decision made by the Secretary of State
16 October 2012
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Recommendations given by the Planning Inspectorate
31 July 2012
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Examination ends
2 May 2012
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The submission received in accordance with the deadline of 30 April 2012 is available in the ‘Additional Representations’ folder within written representations.

20 April 2012

What happens next

A decision on the application for a development consent order for North Doncaster Rail Chord (near Shaftholme) was taken on 16 October 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 or telephone the helpdesk on 0303 444 5000.