Social Sustainability

An award winning approach to Social Sustainability

Delivering a sustainable Thameslink Programme

Putting local communities at the heart of decision-making has been important to the successful delivery of Thameslink Programme. All our projects have been required to have stakeholder engagement and community relations plans in place. Our CSP Consents Managers work closely with our Community Relations team to manage our communications, identify and issue timely pre-notifications of works and to manage and respond to complaints.

Thameslink Programme’s award-winning approach to social sustainability has benefited thousands of people living near to our major projects and beyond. Alongside more than 29 contractors and suppliers, Thameslink Programme has:

  • Created hundreds of job, apprenticeship and training opportunities for local people of all ages
  • Improved parks and open spaces so that they are more pleasant places
  • Supported local charities, artists and fundraising projects.

Key achievements from Key Output 2

  • 193 job opportunities shared with people around major works
  • 88 apprenticeships in London
  • 15 NVQs (level 1 or 2) gained by unemployed Southwark residents
  • 88 short courses completed by unemployed Southwark residents
  • 87 certified construction skills courses completed by people wanting to enter the industry
  • 66 previously unemployed Southwark residents entered and remained in work for at least 6 months
  • £82,000 Charity fundraising & donations.

Case Studies

Social Sustainability: London Bridge station

This report summarises the approach to social sustainability, and its achievements, at London Bridge station including equality and diversity and engagement with the local community and our supply chain.

Supporting employability skills among young people

Senior managers supported students at The Bosco College, an alternative education setting for students aged 15-19, by offering mock interviews as part of our sustainability commitment and Network Rail’s wider volunteering initiative.

Skills & Employment: London Bridge station

Compiling the best practice that improved the overall sustainability performance on the project, and left a lasting positive legacy for the community.

Sustainable Construction: London Bridge Station

How a collaborative approach between Network Rail and Costain encouraged a sustainability ‘blueprint for delivery of major complex projects’

Biodiversity: London Bridge station

Revitalising Snowsfields Primary Schools’ wildlife garden, as part of the sustainability drive throughout the design and construction of London Bridge station

Western Approach Viaduct

This case study looks at London Bridge station's significant structural and track changes that were required in the area of the western approaches.