Last edited 02 Nov 2022

Green tunnel

A green tunnel is a cut-and-cover tunnel with soil spread on top to integrate into the landscape, thus minimising visual impacts and making the presence of infrastructure such as a railway less noticeable. Access tracks and vegetation can be placed on the surface above the tunnel and it can be used for amenity, parkland and agricultural uses etc.

A green bridge is a crossing that allows the safe passage of wildlife over infrastructure such as rail lines.

Ref The HS2 London-West Midlands Environmental Statement, published by the Department for Transport in November 2013.

NB High Speed Rail (Crewe – Manchester) Environmental Statement, Glossary, abbreviations and references, published by the Department for Transport in 2022, states: ‘Green bridges are typically footbridges, road bridges or agricultural access bridges which have been adapted to allow wildlife to safely cross the route of the Proposed Scheme.’

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