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HS2 publishes code of practice

High Speed 2 project promoter HS2 has published a draft code of practice to help limit the impact of the £32bn construction programme on neighbouring communities.

Measures include maintaining public righs of way around the perimeter of construction sites and tracking trucks to ensure there is no fly tipping.

The plan also includes a series of control measures to prevent pollution fomr site including emissions, site run-off and litters.

“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,” said HS2 head of environment Peter Miller.

“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.”

The draft Code is designed to support the draft Environmental Statement and both documents will be the subject of public consultation later in 2013.

HS2 is currently being challenged in the courts with a judgement expected later this month. Further details can be found here.

HS2 environment benefit

HS2 could take up to 500,000 HGV lorry vehicle’s off the M1, M40 and M6 motorways according to research by consultant WSP.

The firm’s research said this could have environmental savings of worth £1.3bn.

WSP head of rail planning Ian Booker said this has not been fully taken into account HS2’s current business case.

“There have been many studies about how the capacity freed up by HS2 could be used and indeed, should be used, but the benefits of reducing road freight have not been fully assessed,” said Booker.

“Increasing rail freight capacity would have enormous benefits, especially as low carbon technologies for HGVs are still largely undeveloped.”

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