|Sizewell C Public Consultation Begins|
|Our third stage of public consultation on the proposals for a new nuclear power station at Sizewell begins on 4 January 2019. The feedback we receive plays an important part in the development of our proposals, so we encourage you to play an active role in the consultation.|
|See the end of this newsletter for details of our public exhibitions. Responses to our proposals, briefly summarised in this newsletter, need to be received by 29 March 2019.
Our latest proposals have been informed by:
|What is Sizewell C?|
|Sizewell C Proposals|
|Sizewell C will have two reactors, known as UK EPRsTM, capable of generating enough electricity to supply approximately six million homes in Britain.|
|The design of the UK EPRsTM is based on pressurised water reactor (PWR) technology that has been used successfully and safely around the world for many years, currently operating in over 80% of nuclear power stations worldwide.
In developing and designing our proposals, we have sought opportunities to limit the impact of the construction of Sizewell C on local communities, the environment and the local highway network wherever possible.
The key elements of our approach are to:
• use either a rail-led or road-led strategy for moving materials on and off site;
• build an on-site accommodation campus to reduce the number of workforce journeys;
• provide park and ride facilities at key locations on the A12 for workers to travel by bus to the main construction site;
• provide direct bus services to the site from Leiston, Saxmundham station, Lowestoft and Ipswich;
• operate working patterns that minimise workers travelling at peak times; and
• provide road improvements where necessary to mitigate the impact of construction traffic.
|Sizewell C would bring signi cant economic and employment opportunities, supporting the security of the UK’s economic future and also producing a long-term boost for the local economy.|
|Construction of Sizewell C would create approximately 25,000 roles on the main development site. There would also be a need for a signi cant workforce in non- construction roles, including in the hospitality, food production, and business support sectors. Once operational, there would be a long-term legacy of 900 permanent jobs and a regular short-term workforce of around an additional 1,000 people during refuelling and maintenance outages.
We are committed to ensuring local people can access the jobs and bene ts Sizewell C will bring.
|In addition to the economic and employment bene ts Sizewell C would bring, the environmental sensitivities of the location are key considerations for us, including in relation to construction and temporary development.|
|We have continued to undertake environmental surveys and identify likely impacts to help inform our proposals.
Where impacts are likely to be signi cant, we have embedded mitigation into our design, or are proposing separate measures to reduce impacts. See the Stage 3 Consultation Summary Document for the latest information.
|Main Development Site|
|There are two alternative strategies – rail-led or road-led – proposed for the movement of materials:|
|Our proposal to use freight trains for construction deliveries would require some improvements to existing rail lines.|
|We are proposing use of the existing terminal known as Sizewell Halt or construction of a new rail siding (on land east of Eastland Industrial Estate (LEEIE)) on the same Saxmundham - Leiston branch line:
Option 1: reconfiguration of the existing Sizewell Halt rail terminal on the branch line to accommodate longer trains and an overhead conveyor system to move material over King George’s Avenue into LEEIE.
Option 2: a new rail siding adjacent to the existing branch line in the LEEIE.
The Saxmundham - Leiston branch line would need upgrades to nine level crossings (between the Saxmundham junction and Sizewell Halt) under both the rail-led and road-led strategies.
The East Suffolk line would need significant improvements under the rail-led strategy, the closure of 12 level crossings and diversion of public rights of way, along with the upgrade of 33 other level crossings.
|Around a third of the peak construction workforce would be home-based.|
|Other workers would seek accommodation in the private rented and tourist sectors, as well as in our proposed campus and caravan accommodation.
Our proposed temporary worker accommodation - both the campus and caravan site - would play an important role in helping to:
We are also proposing to establish a Housing Fund to enable local authorities to take early measures to mitigate against potential impacts of Sizewell C on the local housing market.
We are developing systems to enable local landlords, tourism businesses and residents to register accommodation available for workers and to guide our workers towards it.
|A12 – two village bypass|
|At previous stages of consultation we proposed options to mitigate the impact of construction traffic on the A12 going through Farnham.|
|We are now proposing a bypass of Farnham and Stratford St Andrew (a two-village bypass) - with key design changes aimed at reducing environmental impacts - to significantly reduce the traffic passing through the Farnham bend on the A12.
The single carriageway bypass would leave the A12 to the west of Stratford St Andrew via a new roundabout near Parkgate Farm and re-join the A12 with a second roundabout to the east of Farnham at the A12/A1094 Friday Street junction.
|A12/B1122 junction and other road improvements|
|The junction between the A12 and B1122 would require improvement.|
|Our proposal to improve the junction of the B1122 with the A12 at Yoxford is a roundabout.
The roundabout would replace the existing priority junction and is considered to be safer and more efficient than signalising the existing A12/B1122 junction.
Other road improvements at key locations to improve safety, visibility, and mitigate the impact of construction traffic are also proposed.
|Park and ride|
|Two park and ride facilities are proposed on the A12 to help reduce the amount of additional traffic generated by the movement of the construction workforce and pressure on local roads.|
|Our traffic modelling now shows a need for more car parking spaces than previously proposed; however the land required for the park and ride sites remains the same as shown at Stage 2.
We are proposing two options for mitigation of potential delays on the B1078 between Border Cot Lane and River Deben bridge that may occur as a result of the southern park and ride:
Option 1: temporary removal - and provision elsewhere, to be identified - of on-street parking spaces on the B1078 between Border Cot Lane and the River Deben bridge to create a continuous two-way road that would minimise delays. On-street parking would be reinstated when the park and ride is no longer needed.
Option 2: improvements to Valley Road and Easton Road to allow Sizewell C traffic from the B1078 to be diverted north of Wickham Market via Valley Road, Easton Road and the B1116 to reduce the potential for congestion on the B1078. This would include realigning Valley Road, formalising junctions, improving road markings, resurfacing and drainage improvements, and extending Easton Road to move the B1116 junction north for improved visibility.
|A rail-led strategy would provide direct access into the main site for five trains a day along a proposed new rail route off the Saxmundham - Leiston branch line, together with a bypass of Theberton, relieving the B1122 through Theberton of peak construction traffic and substantially reducing impacts associated with Sizewell C.|
|We do not yet know with certainty whether the rail-led strategy is fully feasible or could be delivered on time. We will need to continue our work with Network Rail to understand risks and potential implications on our construction programme.
The rail-led strategy would require closure and diversion of 12 level crossings along with upgrades for 33 others. The crossings that would be closed are:
We are considering two options where the new rail route would cross Buckleswood Road:
Option 1: temporary closure of Buckleswood Road to vehicles, with a new footbridge to provide a pedestrian connection; or
Option 2: a new level crossing on Buckleswood Road.
|The road-led strategy includes a new Sizewell link road from the A12 to the B1122 that would substanially reduce Sizewell C traffic volumes passing through Yoxford, Middleton Moor and Theberton.|
|It also includes a freight management facility near Ipswich, (to serve as a holding area for HGV's, helping regulate timing and flow of vehicles to the main development site), along with two trains a day (to Sizewell Halt or a new rail sliding on LEEIE) throughout construction.|
|Freight Management Facility Options|
|We are considering two sites for the freight management facility, explained below.|
|Option 1, Seven Hills: a site of approximately 9.9 hectares close to the A12/A14 Seven Hills Junction which would be accessed off the Old Felixstowe Road.
Option 2, Innocence Farm: a site of approximately 9 hectares at Innocence Farm, located immediately to the north of the A14.
|We hope you can join us at one of our exhibitions where you can find out more about our proposals, speak to members of our project team and share your feedback.|
|SZB Consultation: from 4 January to 1 February 2019, EDF Energy is consulting on proposals to relocate some Sizewell B facilities. To participate in that consultation, please see www.rlfsizewellb.co.uk for more information.|
|Following Stage 3 we will consider all responses and use them – along with our technical and environmental assessments, continuing engagement with statutory authorities and others, and lessons from Hinkley Point C – to further inform the development of our plans. We will then prepare and submit our application for development consent for Sizewell C to the Planning Inspectorate.
The Planning Inspectorate will process and examine the application, including encouraging the submission of views from interested parties, before making a recommendation to the Secretary of State, who will make the nal decision on whether or not to grant consent.