This ‘Strategic rail freight policy guidance’ sets out government policy for strategic rail freight interchange (SRFI) infrastructure. It has been produced in the interim pending the designation of the national networks national policy statement (NPS), the draft of which is currently out to consultation. It may be taken into account by the Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) in its decision making on the development consent applications for SRFI infrastructure that fall within the definition of a nationally significant infrastructure project (NSIP) as defined in the Planning Act 2008. It should give some comfort to developers about how their schemes will be received.
The national networks NPS will set out a coherent road and rail policy including the use of strategic rail freight interchanges, the need for new NSIPs relating to these and the associated impacts in greater detail.