Point C's daily HGV movements to rise by 50% until jetty opens
has this week been given the go-ahead to temporarily increase its
heavy goods vehicle movements from 500 to 750 per day until its
jetty is fully operational.
decision was made on Monday (December 18th) by the Transport Review
Group, made up of representatives from Somerset County Council,
West Somerset Council, Sedgemoor District Council and Highways England,
who and approved EDFs request for the temporary increase from January
will now be drawn into a legally binding agreement and an implementation
plan will be agreed between EDF and the Local Authorities in the
decision also secures the principle of a mitigation package in excess
of £4m put forward by EDF.
planning process is very clear that mitigation must be related to
the impacts caused and be proportionate to them. It cannot be secured
for wider community benefits.
extra funding will therefore help maintain roads, contribute to
Somerset County Councils traffic control centre, and create
more walking and cycling routes.
will also support construction of the long awaited Colley Lane Southern
Access Road which was last week given the green light to proceed
to construction in the spring next year.
is also available for business support to be held by Sedgemoor District
Council and West Somerset Council.
living directly adjacent to the two HGV routes to the site will
also be able to apply for free double glazing from EDF Energy.
Peter Downing Sedgemoor District Councils Portfolio Holder
for Infrastructure said on Monday evening: "We remain supportive
of the EDF project to build Hinkley Point C, recognising its national
significance and the economic benefit to Sedgemoor and the wider
are of course concerned with the effects of the additional road
traffic on an already stretched highways infrastructure, but welcome
the prospect of funding to ease the effect on our businesses and
communities and we are committed to working with EDF to mitigate
the impact wherever possible."
says that it assessed the impact of the extra lorries when it submitted
its original application in 2011, and is already able to run this
number of vehicles on any day (Mon Fri). Until now it has
been capped to a quarterly average of 500 per day. The agreement
increases the quarterly average cap to 750 on a temporary basis.
The number of lorries around peak times when the majority of traffic
is on the road will not change.
enable the Hinkley Point C project to progress, EDF Energy requires
the change to take effect from January 2018. The relevant local
authorities followed the correct processes to enable a final decision
to be made by the Transport Review Group by this time. Local and
District Councillors were consulted about the proposals on 8 December
and their comments taken into account.
reach their decision, technical and legal processes were followed,
tied to the original consent and planning application that do not
involve formal consultation processes with parish and town councils.
Procedures set out in the Section 106 agreement for the development
of the power station have been followed.
David Hall, Somerset County Councils Cabinet Member for Resources
and Economic Development, added: "We have carefully considered
the impacts the increase will have, especially on residents and
businesses. We recognise the natural concerns some have raised about
the prospect of more traffic. However, a project of this scale will
without doubt cause some disruption; its important to keep
focused on the bigger picture. We believe an appropriate package
of mitigation has been secured to address these impacts. I look
forward to progress being maintained on the project to achieve a
sustainable legacy from its construction, benefitting our County
for generations to come."
understood that delays to the construction of the jetty are being
the request for the extra lorries.