Opening up land for development that is locked by the strategic rail network can be a risky business. Third party abnormal rail closures on main rail routes can take up to 3 years. Balancing the needs of network operators and their customers, with the needs of residents, businesses, local authorities and the ultimate asset adopter is essential for success.
Gaining Network Rail third party approvals is a rigorous process and securing abnormal rail closures on main rail routes can take up to 3 years. The Bovis Homes development at Apsley, in Hemel Hempstead, is an excellent example of how early appointment of a specialist infrastructure contractor can reduce programme risk.