Environmental Management

Delivering transport benefits while creating an overall positive impact on community and environment

Our environmental strategy

By its very nature as a sustainable transport project Thameslink Programme contributes to wider principles of sustainable development. However, whilst it was primarily governed by its legal and planning commitments, which sets a minimum level of sustainability requirements, the programme committed to go above its legal compliance. It achieved this through:

  • Sustainable Development Policy – which had a vision to ‘deliver transport benefits to budget that represents value for money and creates an overall positive impact on the community and the environment’
  • Sustainability Strategy – which set out the 20 environmental, social and economic sustainability objectives and targets that the programme would deliver.

Project & Contract Management

Thameslink Programme implemented a robust framework to monitor the delivery of its sustainability commitments. Our Sustainable Development Policy and sustainability objectives and requirements are embedded within our ISO14001 certified Environment Management System and cascaded across our programme and supply chain via our contracts and procurement process. Each of our TLP projects and suppliers are required to develop and deliver a Sustainability Delivery Statement (SDS’s) which sets out how they will meet TLP’s sustainability objectives and targets that are relevant to their work scope.

Network Rail project teams and suppliers developed their SDS together through collaborative sustainability workshops facilitated by the TLPs Consents, Sustainability and Property (CSP) team. Regular reviews of our sustainability performance were also undertaken with our project teams, suppliers and executive leaders to monitor delivery, compliance and performance and drive continual improvement and best practice. Our CEEQUAL commitment was a specific contract requirement that we used as a tool to drive and measure our sustainability performance.

Case Study

Environmental Management: London Bridge station

This report outlines how the London Bridge Station Redevelopment Project met the Network Rail’s Thameslink Programme Sustainable Delivery Strategy. It also captures the sustainability themed achievements, and challenges, of the project.

Whole Life Costings: London Bridge station

Achieving Whole Life Cost objectives for five key project elements: Geothermal Piles and Heat Pump, Escalators, Lifts, Photovoltaic Cells and Platform and Concourse Lighting.

Environmental Management Documents

Material Use Plan - Farringdon

One of the best ways to improve the environmental sustainability of a project is by assessing the building materials to be used. At Farringdon a material use plan has been put in place to examine the most frequently used components (including an expected 15,000 tonnes of concrete and 2,000 tonnes of steel) against 20 criteria in order to identify potential sustainability impacts and opportunities for improvement.

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Modular Platform Extension - Bedford

As part of the Thameslink Programme the platforms at Bedford Station required extending to accommodate 12 car trains being introduced on the route. Our project also involved significant adjustments to the associated rail infrastructure including alterations to overhead. The innovative approach to design and installation resulted in significant benefits in line with our Sustainability Strategy ‘Positive Outcomes’, including driving down carbon, protecting the environment, supporting sustainable communities and providing better prospects for our people, in addition to supporting our drive to lead the way in our sector.

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