Currently there is no need to transport any coal, but we believe the railway line through Whitehaven and connecting onto Redcar offers the most obvious route to distributing the metallurgical coal once we reach that point.
Supporting the local rail network with a new, dedicated siding and a noise-insulated train loading facility would enable the loading and distribution of the coal and help us achieve our goal of minimising environmental impact.
It is a golden rule within our business plan not to distribute coal by road, due to the quantities being produced and to minimise impacts. The impact on the local highways will be limited to usage by people coming to and from work and deliveries of materials. During the development phase, we will be consulting with the community on traffic movements and potential alternatives to private cars and road haulage so that we can minimise the impact wherever possible.
Consideration has been given to how we can prevent overloading the local roads with deliveries. We intend to have an off-site storage facility and make our own delivery runs, using designated times and routes.
It is likely that there will 220 people on-site during the daytime work shift so we are looking at ways to reduce the number of cars coming to the site through lift-sharing, shift worker buses and cycle to work schemes. There will be ample car parking on site for the expected numbers and we will be speaking to the Council to prevent parking on High Street.