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Construction begins on Wallasea Island

Environment secretary Owen Paterson officially launched the construction of the Wallasea Island nature reserve yesterday which is being created using excavated material from Crossrail.

Wallasea Island in the Thames Estuary will be transformed from levee-protected farmland into wetland. Crossraill will deliver 4.5Mt of material from the construction of the new rail tunnels to create the 6.7ha wetland to from the new wetlands.

“The excellent work that Crossrail and the RSPB are doing to create the Jubilee Marshes at Wallasea shows how major infrastructure schemes can help to generate economic growth as well as helping to improve local wildlife,” said Paterson. “This could be the gold standard against which all future projects are measured.”

Crossrail will deliver more than 2,000 ship loads of excavated material to Wallasea Island. The earth will be transported from Crossrail’s western tunnels via freight train from west London to Northfleet in Kent where it will be loaded on to ships.

Excavated material will also be loaded onto ships directly from the eastern tunnelling site at Limmo near Canning Town station in east London, with further material shipped from a storage site on the River Thames at Barking.

Readers' comments (1)

  • Another vanity project, for the birds. The excavated spoil should have been used to reclaim new land for farming/food or fuel production, or add to the protection of threatened parts of the east coast.
    And we/humans don’t create anything: we just move them around/rearrange some.
    Giving away agricultural land in a hungry & overcrowded world is daft.

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