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11.01.13

HS2 standards to protect local communities

The draft Code of Construction Practice for the first phase of HS2 has been published, detailing how the project will reduce its impact on neighbouring communities and the natural environment.

The first part of the draft code covers the standards that must be adhered to on all sites along the route, with the second including plans developed in association with local authorities, English Heritage and the Environment Agency, for contractors to work with local communities to minimise disruption.

The draft code includes measures such as GPS tracking of dumper trucks to ensure only agreed transport routes are used, as well as an insistence on no fly-tipping, directional broadband warnings instead of traditional reverse warning sounds, and the maintenance of existing public rights of way for pedestrians.

Control measures to prevent pollution, emissions, site run-offs and litter will also be in place. The draft code is designed to support the draft Environmental Statement, both of which will be subject to public consultation later in 2013.

HS2 Ltd’s head of environment, Peter Miller, said: “We’re publishing the draft Code following early consultation with local authority planning officers and key statutory bodies so that people have the opportunity to understand our approach to construction management.

“We feel that the measures included in this draft Code of Construction Practice will set the standard for construction throughout the industry and demonstrates our commitment to reducing the impact on communities and natural environment.”

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