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Application submitted for Luton airport rail link

Application submitted for Luton airport rail link

A planning application has been submitted for a new 2.2-kilometre mass transit system linking Luton Airport Parkway rail station with Luton Airport.

Highways England bids to unlock Avonmouth employment site with new motorway junction

Highways England bids to unlock Avonmouth employment site with new motorway junction

Plans for a new junction on the M49 near Bristol that would provide a motorway connection into a strategically important employment location have taken a step forward with the selection of a preferred option for the scheme by roads body Highways England.

TfL sets out plan for Bakerloo line extension to Lewisham

TfL sets out plan for Bakerloo line extension to Lewisham

Detailed proposals for station locations along the proposed route of an extension of the Bakerloo line beyond Elephant & Castle have been published by mayoral agency Transport for London (TfL).

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Policy Briefing: What proposed environmental assessment changes mean

Policy Briefing: What proposed environmental assessment changes mean

Changes to environmental impact assessment rules could produce new burdens for councils and developers, James Alflatt predicts.

What the industrial strategy means for the planning system

What the industrial strategy means for the planning system

Though there are few explicit references to the planning system, the government's new draft industrial strategy has significant implications for planners, experts say.

Policy Summary: The proposed route for HS2's nothern section

Policy Summary: The proposed route for HS2's nothern section

Policy: High Speed Two: From Crewe to Manchester, the West Midlands to Leeds and beyond.

Three lessons from our event on post-Brexit planning

Three lessons from our event on post-Brexit planning

Planning rules based on European law are likely to take many years to change despite the Brexit vote, a London conference organised by Planning heard yesterday. Here are three key messages to emerge from the event.


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The infrastructure pipeline sputters, by Angus Walker

It looks like 2017 is going to be a turbulent year as decisions taken in 2016 come to fruition, but is there any certainty in nationally significant infrastructure projects (NSIPs) coming forwards?

The rise of the mega-scheme, by Angus Walker

This week's announcement that the government will support a third runway at Heathrow airport signals that, although there has been a slowdown in infrastructure projects, those that are coming forward are getting bigger.

An airport vision that makes sense, by Graeme Bell

Picture the scene. The Prime Minister has announced that a new flagship hub airport is to be built in north Kent. Flanked by transport secretary Chris Grayling, she walked across derelict land on the Isle of Grain in a scene reminiscent of the Thatcher 'walk in the wilderness' on Teesside some 30 years ago.

Rail station developers face some testing challenges, by Richard Garlick

Densifying development around railway stations seems a common-sense response to the challenge of providing the homes and jobs needed in our biggest cities.

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