The project so far
We have been following a clear process to develop our proposals for the replacement pipeline:
- In December 2017 we launched the Southampton to London Pipeline Project. A total of 17 corridors were developed initially, and six were then shortlisted: three in the south and three in the north.
- In March/April 2018, we ran a consultation where we asked for your views on the pipeline corridors.
- In May 2018, following an in-depth analysis of the work done to date, as well as your feedback, we selected corridors G and J to take to the next stage. When combined, these formed the single preferred corridor.
- In June 2018, we released an initial working route that followed the preferred corridor and was developed by reviewing the available local technical data. It was an early view of where we might seek to install the pipeline.
- In September/October 2018, we ran a consultation where we asked for your views on a preferred route and sub-options along the preferred route. This consultation also included an early indication of potential environmental impacts and mitigations.
- In January/February 2019 we ran a consultation seeking views on design refinements that may have different potential impacts for landowners, the environment and communities than our previous proposals.
- We released the final route in March 2019 before submitting our application for development consent in May 2019.
- Our application was accepted by the Planning Inspectorate in June 2019.
- In October 2019 we held our preliminary meeting, which began our examination.
- Our examination ended on 9 April 2020.
- A decision on the outcome of our application by the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy is expected in October 2020.