Northampton Gateway Rail Freight Interchange

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Northampton Gateway Rail Freight Interchange

Received 13 July 2018
From Cadent Gas Limited

Representation

Cadent is a licensed gas transporter under the Gas Act 1986, with a statutory responsibility to operate and maintain the gas distribution networks in North London, Central and North West England. Cadent’s primary duties are to operate, maintain and develop its networks in an economic, efficient and coordinated way.

Cadent wishes to make a relevant representation to the Northampton Gateway Rail Freight Interchange DCO in order to protect its position in light of infrastructure which is within or in close proximity to the proposed DCO boundary. Cadent’s rights to retain its apparatus in situ and rights of access to inspect, maintain, renew and repair such apparatus located within or in close proximity to the order limits including should be maintained at all times and access to inspect such apparatus must not be restricted.

The documentation and plans submitted for the above proposed scheme have been reviewed in relation to impacts on Cadent’s existing apparatus located within this area, and Cadent has identified that it will require adequate protective provisions to be included within the DCO to ensure that its apparatus and land interests are adequately protected and to include compliance with relevant safety standards.
Cadent has low, medium and high pressure (major accident hazard) gas pipelines located within the order limits which are affected by works proposed.

As a responsible statutory undertaker, Cadent’s primary concern is to meet its statutory obligations and ensure that any development does not impact in any adverse way upon those statutory obligations. Cadent is discussing the potential impacts on its network with the promoter however any proposed relocations of apparatus or protections including the extent of any land or rights required by Cadent to facilitate works have not been finalised.

Cadent wishes to reserve the right to make further representations as part of the examination process but in the meantime will continue negotiations with the promoter with a view to reaching a satisfactory agreement.