During the recent stage 2 consultation on Sizewell C run by EDF, the company expressed a desire to maximise the use of rail and marine transport options in order to minimise the quantities of freight delivered by road. The consultation document sets out various scenarios for rail and marine freight, and concludes that at least 60% (by weight) of the total materials required for construction could either be sourced from within the main development or delivered to the site by sea or rail. This would be better for the environment and for people living in the area. It goes on to say that the implementation of either a marine or rail maximised transport strategy would remove up to 250 HGV’s per day over the peak construction phase, and these estimates are used to calculate the number of lorries that are expected on the roads during construction. Whilst the reliance on rail and marine solutions is commendable, there is a caveat that they will only be used if they are considered to be “cost-effective” The governments Overarching National Policy Statement for Energy (EN-1) allows for this as it states: “5.13.10 Water-borne or rail transport is preferred over road transport at all stages of the project, where cost-effective”. However there is no reference to any equation within the consultation document or the NPS EN-1 that demonstrates how the cost effectiveness is worked out.
Peter Lux 5th Feb 2017 read more »