Currently there is no need to transport any coal, but we believe the railway line through Whitehaven which connects to the port of Redcar offers the most obvious route for distributing the metallurgical coal.
Supporting the local rail network with a new, dedicated siding and a noise-insulated rail loading facility would allow for the loading and distribution of the coal, helping us to achieve our goal of minimising environmental impact.
It is a golden rule within our business plan not to distribute coal by road. The impact on the local highways will be limited to use by people commuting to and from work and delivery of materials. During the construction phase, we will be consulting with the local community regarding traffic movements and potential alternatives to private cars and road haulage so that we can minimise the impact wherever possible.
Consideration has been given as 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.
Once operational, it is anticipated there will 220 people on-site during the daytime shift. Therefore we will continue to look at ways to reduce the number of cars coming to site, ie 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 Road.