Network Rail has revealed the Bermondsey Dive Under project – part of a multi-billion pound rail upgrade – has revitalised biodiversity levels in the area.
It is a joint project with Network Rail, Skanska and Ramboll, designed to streamline the tracks running into London Bridge, reducing delays and increasing the number of trains that can use the station at peak times.
Two new lines using the junction will come into use this summer.
The project removed over 21,900 tonnes of contaminated material and eradicated troublesome Japanese Knotweed. It then undertook a programme of wildflower planting and installed 765 square metres of green walls under arches and access ramps.
The company confirmed it had been awarded an ‘Excellent’ rating under the CEEQUAL international infrastructure sustainability assessment, after securing a score of over 96 per cent for the project.
Gerardo Austria, consents and sustainability manager at Network Rail, said: “The fantastic score of 96.6 per cent is the result of our collaborative way of working to not only protect but enhance the environment and the community whilst delivering this complex project.”
Charl de Kock, project manager at Skanska, said: “We were able to achieve this excellent CEEQUAL score due to us embedding a sustainable approach from the design stage through to the delivery of the project.
“This success is testament to the commitment to sustainability from our client, Network Rail, our design partner, Ramboll, and all our other contracting partners and supply chain.”