Case Study - Contaminated Land - No Obstacle to Developing Transport Infrastructure

The remediation of Catalyst Trade Park is an excellent example of using Environmental Management Systems (EMS) to track the sustainable remediation of a significantly contaminated site, in order to unlock the site to allow the development of a major transport scheme in the UK. This case study presents innovative best practices to provide a sustainable solution to a road transportation problem which will lead to significant economic growth in a depressed area of the UK. Halton Borough Council is constructing a £686M road crossing of the River Mersey between Widnes and Runcorn, known as the Mersey Gateway Project, one of the UK government’s Top 40 priority projects in the National Infrastructure Plan. Part of the advance works has been the remediation of Catalyst Trade Park, a 5.6ha site to be covered by embankment and road junction associated with the new bridge. The benefits and value brought by the construction of the road bridge include: 1) economic value - estimated to generate £61.9 million a year in Gross Value Added from the new jobs by 2030; 2) transport value - 80% less traffic using the existing bridge (over 80,000 vehicles use the existing bridge every weekday – ten times the number it was originally designed for and freeing it up for use as a local bridge; and, 3) social value - improved health as a result of reduced air pollution.


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; Photos; Tables;
  • Pagination: 12p
  • Monograph Title: Proceedings of the 25th World Road Congress - Seoul 2015: Roads and Mobility - Creating New Value from Transport

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01670576
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9782840604235
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 0090
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 29 2018 4:02PM