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You are employed as a graduate engineer for a company who specialise in road and

railway infrastructure. The company has recently won a tender for a high-speed

railway link between two major cities which will reduce travelling time from 2 hours

by road to 45 minutes by rail. The proposed route and project are highly controversial

as it will traverse several areas of outstanding natural beauty, bisect ancient

woodlands and disrupt traffic movement and local businesses in a small number of

villages during construction.

(a) Investigate the biodiversity and environmental impacts that this project is likely to

have and how these could be best mitigated. Use examples as appropriate to help

illustrate your answer. 2022 latest answers

(18 marks)

(b) Evaluate how the CEEQUAL assessment tool could help manage the social and

environmental impacts of this project.