Sustainability is right at the heart of the Thameslink Programme, by delivering transport benefits to budget that represent value for money and create an overall positive impact on the community and the environment.
To do this we’re working to ensure that not only do we achieve the highest standards in environmental certification, but uphold the principles on all fronts.
Community and environment
We’re committed to not only minimising the negative impacts of our works on our lineside neighbours but also working with the local communities to maximise our positive social contribution.
We work closely with our contractors at our worksites to minimise disruption, including noise, vibration and air quality, through monitoring and proactive management.
Beyond the worksites we have a number of initiatives within the local communities we are working, for example school talks on safety and careers.
Apprenticeships and work placements
We are also working to provide new employment and business opportunities locally, regionally and nationally.
We have committed to supporting a minimum of 60 apprenticeships across the lifespan of the project, which is approximately 3% of full-time construction jobs on the project.
Currently there are 38 individuals going through our apprenticeship schemes, over a range of roles including signalling, telecoms, track maintenance, business administration, procurement and construction.
The Thameslink Programme received ISO14001 certification for its environmental management system and we’re committed to achieving a CEEQUAL Excellent rating.
The Blackfriars project team has already won a CEEQUAL Outstanding Achievement award for reducing carbon emissions and the project as a whole has achieved some of the highest CEEQUAL scores in the industry including our design at London Bridge Station.
The Programme promises to “protect biodiversity and seek opportunities to enhance wildlife and habitats”, and aim for a net gain when it comes to biodiversity.
A prime example is Farringdon station’s new ticket hall, which has a living roof – hailed as a great example of how biodiversity can be integrated into urban infrastructure and winner of a CEEQUAL Outstanding Achievement award.
You can read more about our approach in our Sustainability policy.