The planning process
Due to its national significance, the West Midlands Interchange will require a specific type of planning permission known as a Development Consent Order or DCO from the Secretary of State for Transport.
There will be an extensive consultation process and once we have finalised our proposals, we will submit an application to the Planning Inspectorate. If they accept it, the Planning Inspectorate will carry out an examination of the DCO in which the public can participate. They then make a recommendation to the Secretary of State, who makes the final decision.
Stage 1 Consultation
The first stage of consultation ran from 13 June 2016 to 24 July 2016, and focused on our master plan options.
The responses we get from Stage 1 public consultation will help us draw up a more detailed proposal for the West Midlands Interchange which we will take to a second round of public consultation in 2017. We expect it will take until around the end of 2017 before we are in a position to submit an application. From that point, the time it takes to determine is typically up to 18 months.