Siemens Mobility Limited supports North Wales Railway Upgrade Project’s sustainability work

Posted by Barry Pearson on December 11, 2018  |   Comments Off on Siemens Mobility Limited supports North Wales Railway Upgrade Project’s sustainability work

As part of the North Wales Railway Upgrade Project, Network Rail and Siemens Rail Automation, a business unit of Siemens Mobility Limited (Siemens Mobility), have completed a series of sustainability projects centred around habitat improvement and creation for protected Natterjack toads. This was completed in collaboration with Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (ARC) Trust, Natural Resources Wales (NRW) and Flintshire County Council

At the Shore Tip Site of Special Scientific Interest, the team cleared a large area of scrub land to develop suitable habitat for the endangered Natterjack toad. Following the scrub clearance, a stock holding pen was erected, which now houses a herd of Belted Galloways, the cattle maintaining the land in good condition to ensure it remains suitable as a habitat for Natterjack toads. At Bettisfield in Bagillt, the team also worked to clear an area where the toads have been re-introduced, to help increase their foraging habitat.

During the design phase of the North Wales programme, and in collaboration with the Network Rail project team, Siemens Mobility developed an Environmental Management Plan that took into account the impact of the re-signalling programme and identified areas where environmental improvements could be made. At the construction phase, the company then worked closely with Network Rail, ARC Trust and NRW as well as Flintshire County Council to deliver the Natterjack toad project that would provide long-term sustainability benefits to the area’s flora and fauna.

Maria Jarosz, environment manager for Network Rail IP Signalling Southern, said: “When carrying out railway work, it is essential to consider the environment in which we work, to protect habitats and wildlife while balancing with the needs and safety of the people who use and rely on our railway every day.

“We were delighted to work with Siemens Mobility, ARC, NRW and Flintshire County Council to provide habitat improvement and creation for protected herpetofauna, leaving a positive legacy through collaborative stakeholder engagement on the railway upgrades in North Wales.

Nick Dunne, Director Technology at Siemens Rail Automation, said: “Our project delivery capability is well known, with our experienced teams having successfully worked on some of the UK’s most high-profile infrastructure schemes over many decades. As part of our commitment to the community our work impacts on, we not only manage our environmental risks, but also engage with local organisations to deliver sustainable improvements to the quality of the local environment.”

Mandy Cartwright, ARC’s North Wales Officer, said: “We are delighted to have received support from Siemens Mobility and Network Rail on this project. Partnerships like these are vital to the future of Natterjack toads, the rarest amphibian in Wales. The stock pen provides an ideal habitat for them to hunt their prey and take refuge during the daytime.”

Siemens Mobility donated the stock pen to the project, together with two interpretation sign boards which provide information and guidance for visitors to the area.