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Managing the impacts of our work

The EACE programme is in the early stages of development. The work being undertaken now will help inform what we will need to do to improve the railway and how we will undertake the works and manage the impacts.

To understand the rail environment around Ely more thoroughly, we are carrying out various studies to continue this development work and help us to make the best decisions for the railway and for Ely.

We are committed to working with local communities, local stakeholders and statutory bodies to better understand the area we are working in.

We are also committed to presenting our proposals as they develop, engaging and consulting with passengers and local communities to help inform the stages of design and development stages as well as our decision-making processes.

Ecology and nature conservation

Landscape and visual impact

Noise and vibration

Air quality

Cultural heritage

Flood risk and water resources

Traffic and transport

Climate change


Ground conditions and land contamination

Materials and waste


(subject to funding)

To improve rail capacity, it is likely that we will need to undertake work on railway land and beyond the existing boundary of Network Rail.

Works required within the railway boundary are likely to be undertaken using Network Rail’s permitted development rights.

However, where we propose to use land or build outside of these boundaries, we will need to prepare a Transport and Works Act Order (TWAO) application for submission to the Secretary of State for Transport to obtain the necessary consent.

We will need to prepare a detailed Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) of the proposals to identify potential significant impacts on the environment and local communities as a result of the construction of the scheme and operation of the upgraded railway.

Completing this work will also help to identify mitigation measures to address construction and operational impacts.

The findings of the assessment will be presented in an Environmental Statement and Non-Technical Summary that will (subject to funding) be submitted with our application for a Transport and Works Act Order.