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
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(b) Evaluate how the CEEQUAL assessment tool could help manage the social and
environmental impacts of this project.