Temple has been synonymous with High-Speed Rail in the UK since our award-winning roles in the successful delivery of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link in the mid-1990s. We have been involved in High Speed 2 (HS2) project from the very outset – known then as the “high speed north-south line” for the DfT in 2006. We have the longest tenure of any environmental consultant on the project, delivering a range of services for both Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the scheme.
Having worked on high-speed rail projects, we fully appreciate how large infrastructure projects can drive real change and radical improvements in the standard processes for assessing the impacts of developments. Moreover, every high-speed rail project is a huge opportunity to monitor both impacts and the effectiveness of mitigating measures. HS2 is not purely an infrastructure project it is also an environmental one. As such, we must hold ourselves and the Client (HS2 Ltd) to account in our endeavour towards delivering against the rigorous environmental and sustainability goals including biodiversity net gain. Such projects offer a once in a generation opportunity, not just as a transport and economic project but also as one of the largest and most significant environmental projects and related challenges.