Temple has been appointed by Network Rail as Environmental Consultants for the Ely Area Capacity Enhancement Programme. Temple will be delivering the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the project as part of Network Rail’s Design Services Framework (DSF) Consents & Environment lot.
The wider Ely Area Capacity Enhancements (EACE) programme extends across Cambridgeshire, Suffolk and Norfolk. It has been developed by Network Rail to improve connectivity and reliability for passenger services and meet the demand for more rail freight between the Port of Felixstowe, the West Midlands and the North, to support sustainable, long-term economic growth.
The EACE programme includes a number of enhancements across the area such as new railway tracks, station upgrades, replacement of existing bridge structures, level crossing upgrades and closures, highway interventions and footpath diversions.
Temple will be leading the production of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the Scheme to support the application by Network Rail for a Transport and Works Act Order (TWAO). Temple specialists will provide technical support in Ecology, Air Quality, Noise and Vibration, socioeconomics and Health, Climate Change, Waste and Cumulative assessment for the delivery of the Scoping Report. As well as, the relevant environmental surveys, assessments and modelling to culminate in the delivery of a technically robust and compliant Environmental Statement (ES) and Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA). We look forward to using our expertise, working with specialist support from our partner organisations RSK, WSP and Ruth Jackson Planning, in collaboration with Network Rail, to ensure environmental and social concerns are appropriately addressed as the Scheme develops.
Since our instruction in October 2021, we have been busy getting up to speed with the Scheme and commenced with surveys and scoping for the EIA. Watch this space for further updates as we continue to progress with our environmental work on the Scheme.
If you would like to read more about the EACE Programme head over to Network Rail’s page. https://www.networkrail.co.uk/running-the-railway/our-routes/anglia/improving-the-railway-in-anglia/ely-area-capacity-enhancement/