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The Great Western
We're electrifying the Great Western railway to deliver more reliable, greener and quieter journeys for thousands of passengers.
Electrifying the Great Western will improve one of Britain’s busiest and oldest railways, better connecting major towns and cities across southern England and South Wales. It will make journeys smoother and more comfortable for passengers as well as quieter for people living near the railway.
In August 2011 we commissioned consultants to undertake a full environmental impact assessment of the Great Western Electrification route. As part of the process our consultants submitted an environmental scoping report to local authorities and statutory consultees in October 2011 to agree the detail of the assessments and surveys.
Download the Environmental Impact Assessment Scoping Report (PDF)
We used feedback provided by the local authorities and statutory consultees to produce an Environment Statement (ES) covering the whole Scheme. The ES has been produced in a series of volumes which enable the assessments to be drawn up into reports relevant to each of the 15 local authorities that the scheme will pass through. We have also produced separate general volumes for England and Wales to take account of the differing legislation and government organisations encountered in each Country.
We've taken this approach in order to provide robust and consistent supporting documentation for use with the various planning, listed building, conservation area and environmental consent applications that will be required along the length of the Scheme.
The Environmental Statement considers the environmental impacts and our proposed mitigation during both the construction and operation phases of the Scheme.
View Great Western Main Line Electrification Environmental Statements