The Ecology Consultancy has developed a pioneering new system for dealing more effectively with small rail site assessments. New signals, replacement telecom works, minor platform improvements and repairs are necessary works on these small sites, but they can have important impacts on wildlife. Our work with Costain, on a number of small sites across Kent, gave us the perfect opportunity to develop our Rapid Rail Site Assessment technique. It operates rather like a traffic-light system and leads to quicker assessments, coupled with a watching brief whilst small, low impact, works are undertaken.
The new system will speed up and simplify our processes for the client, which can sometimes be long and drawn out, enabling us to make fast recommendations on the nature and extent of surveys required. We then work closely with the client to plan ongoing work. In many cases, a precautionary approach might be enough, but it’s important to realise that in sensitive areas, a small areas of works can result in a much larger impact at ground level.
Contact us to find out more about how your small sites can benefit from our Rapid Rail Site Assessment Technique.