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Construction of Europe’s largest man-made coastal reserve starts - continued

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RSPB Chief Executive Mike Clarke said: “This is the largest coastal habitat creation of its kind in Europe and it will transform an area more than double the size of the City of London back to the coastal marshland it once was.

allasea Island will show for the first time on a large scale, how it’s possible to ‘future proof’ low lying coasts against sea level rise caused by climate change.”

Crossrail Chief Executive Andrew Wolstenholme said: “This landmark project is a pioneering example of how the construction industry and environment groups can work in partnership to build a sustainable Britain that benefits both the economy and the environment.

Crossrail is delighted to be involved in a project that will leave a lasting legacy long after the construction of the new rail line has been completed.”

New public amenity

The new island, while being a protected environment, will be open to the public. About eight miles of coastal walks and cycle routes will be created as part of the project, which means that the nature reserve will also become a wonderful place for people to explore and enjoy.

Mike Clarke added: “Many special wildlife sites have been lost in our crowded islands, but through intelligent partnerships there’s great potential to put nature back at a landscape-scale.”

Material transported by river

Crossrail has constructed a new 180 m long jetty which can accommodate two ships at one time.

BAM Nuttal, together with Van Oord, the contractors, also installed an excavated material handling facility at Wallasea Island. At its peak 10,000 tonnes of material will be unloaded from ships per day. Eighty-five per cent of earth will be transported by rail and water. This strategy has prevented the need for up to 270,000 lorry journeys.

Crossrail will deliver more than 2,000 ship loads of excavated material. The earth will be transported from Crossrail’s western tunnels via freight train from west London to Northfleet in Kent where it will be loaded on to ships.

Excavated material will also be loaded onto ships directly from the eastern tunnelling site at Limmo near Canning Town station in east London, with further material shipped from a storage site on the River Thames at Barking.

The government has set a combined target for the recreation of saltmarshes and mudflats, of 3,600 hectares (8,895 acres) by 2015. The Wallasea Island Wild Coast Project will deliver 670 hectares of marshland.

The Essex estuaries are in the top five most important coastal wetlands in the country and are protected by national and European law.

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Able to handle two ships at a time, the waste material from CrossRail project is transferred from the pier to a long enclosed conveyor belt for transportation to the central location from where it is dispersed as required.

Able to handle two ships at a time, the waste material from CrossRail project is transferred to a long enclosed conveyor belt for transportation to the central location from where it is dispersed as required.

Able to handle two ships at a time, the waste material from CrossRail project is transferred to a long enclosed conveyor belt for transportation to the central location from where it is dispersed as required.

Able to handle two ships at a time, the waste material from CrossRail project is transferred to a long enclosed conveyor belt for transportation to the central location from where it is dispersed as required.

The new island, while being a protected environment, will be open to the public. About eight miles of coastal walks and cycle routes will be created as part of the project,

 

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