Case study: AMCO Local Sustainability Initiatives
What’s the issue being addressed?
Railway works and occupancy can impact local communities negatively if they are not involved, informed and considered during pre-planning of works.
How was this solved?
To create a positive social impact during the blockade, several local initiates were implemented:
- Access – Timber bog matting was used to create temporary paths and tracks, providing a surface for both vehicles and pedestrians across the grass field
- Materials – The tunnel rigid overhead conductor (ROC) components were delivered in wooden pallet stillages and the pallets were re-used to store and transport components into the tunnel prior to installation
- Waste – Fabrication of the ROC system was carried out on-site to meet the exact requirements and minimise wastage. The fabrication shed was constructed from pre-used timber and then donated for re-use after the blockade had finished
- Engagement – Community engagement events were organised, including a coffee evening for local residents, explaining the electrification process and AMCO operatives conducted a litter pick through Luckington village.
What were the outcomes?
- The bog matting provided ground protection which minimised churning and damage to the soil. The matting also prevented the need to import aggregate material, minimising material usage and also preserving the field in a manner which helped it return to its original state naturally
- The fabrication process employed on site demonstrated the reduce, reuse, recycle, recover principles. More about these principles and the waste hierarchy can be found here
- The potential for local nuisance incidents was reduced by engaging with local residents and building good relations.
Reducing our environmental impact, having a positive social impact and supporting the economy.
A community engagement event held by AMCO