At Highways England, we’re committed to making the environment an important outcome of our work. The area surrounding the A47 Guyhirn junction is ecologically sensitive and includes several designated sites of international, European and county level importance. As such, protecting the environment is a key consideration to the Guyhirn junction development.
To improve our understanding of the local area we carried out an environmental assessment. We looked at existing records and carried out extensive ecology surveys to consider what impact our project could have on environmental topics such as:
- air quality
- noise and vibration
We’ve also engaged with the Environment Agency, Natural England and Fenland District Council. Through our assessment work we identified the following protected species are present in the area:
- water voles
- spined loaches
- breeding and wintering birds
What are we doing to protect the environment?
We’ve taken the findings from our environmental assessment and put mitigation measures in place to protect the surrounding environment and communities. These include:
- an ecologist on site to supervise our construction work
- bat boxes in trees
- noise fencing, and new trees planted to the east of the junction (for noise and visual screening)
- low noise road surface
- two new toucan crossings for pedestrians and cyclists
- a Community Liaison Officer during construction