Transport for Wales (TfW) has outlined plans to adapt how it works to ensure no net loss of biodiversity in its operations by 2024, as part of its newly-launched Biodiversity Action Plan.
Under the ambitious targets of the new plan, TfW will aim to protect levels of biodiversity across its network during the work it carries out, using the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs’ biodiversity metric for guidance.
Where possible, TfW will aim for a biodiversity net gain in its work.
The five principles which make up the TfW action plan are:
- No net loss of biodiversity
- Communication and transparency with the public and stakeholders about what TfW is doing and why
- Mainstreaming best practice throughout our operations
- Collaboration and engagement with wildlife organisations, stakeholders and local communities
- A commitment to identifying and implementing biodiversity initiatives wherever possible
TfW already have a number of projects underway to support the plans, including the replacement of habitat - on a 2:1 basis - at Llanwern, near Newport, where a new rail line is being constructed.
James Price, Transport for Wales Chief Executive, said: “I’m really pleased to be able to share the Transport for Wales Biodiversity Action Plan.
“We are absolutely committed to fulfilling our duties in protecting, enhancing and championing our biodiversity and ecosystems throughout our operations. We want to be seen as a leader and as an exemplar of sustainable transport, promoting Wales as leading the way in the sustainable management of natural resources which will enable the public and future generations to enjoy the beauty of the Wales.
“This ambitious plan will help ensure we are in the strongest possible position to deliver on this vision for our natural environment.”
TfW Ecologist Laura Jones added: “Our transport networks in Wales and the Borders have an essential role to play in protecting and enhancing our natural environment.
“This Biodiversity Action Plan forms a key component of our wider sustainability aims at Transport for Wales; it is our commitment to halt species decline, habitat degradation and protect our biodiversity and ecosystems throughout our operations.
“Our aspiration is - and always will be - that sustainable transport can positively contribute to the protection and enhancement of our wildlife.”