Translink launches ambitious new Biodiversity Strategy

Translink officially launched its new Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan – an ambitious target-driven approach to deliver nature-positive operations across the transport network by 2030 – at Crawfordsburn Scout Centre on 26th June

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Closely aligned with Translink’s Climate Positive Strategy, targets outlined in the strategy include achieving a Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) of 10% by 2035 and increasing woodland cover on adjacent Translink landholdings from 14% to at least 30% by 2030.

Translink’s railway corridor alone extends to 462 kilometres of track and 328 route kilometres with a lineside estate of more than 1700 acres. It comprises 54 stations with 700 bridges, 290 culverts, 10 viaducts and three tunnels. In addition, there are over 363 acres of agricultural lands with 39 acres designated as Areas of Special Scientific Interest.

Designed to deliver landscape-wide transformative change, the key areas in the plan are focused on:

  • Nature-based Solutions (NbS)
  • Positive action for pollinators
  • Quantifying biodiversity change
  • Invasive Non-Native Species (INNS)
  • Partnership working and collaboration

Chris Conway, Chief Executive, Translink, said: “We have ambitious plans for Translink to be climate positive by 2050 and have a unique opportunity to help Northern Ireland become more sustainable and a healthier place for all species.

“Our leadership in the area of sustainability was evidenced in recent weeks when it was announced that thousands of bus passengers would soon be enjoying cleaner journeys and an enhanced customer experience as we roll out a new 100-strong electric fleet.

“We have collaborated with bus manufacturer Wrightbus and a range of stakeholders including energy suppliers, other vehicle manufacturers and universities to develop the region as a centre of excellence for zero-emission technology supporting the local green economy and creating new jobs.”

He added: “Biodiversity Net Gain is not yet mandatory in Northern Ireland but we also want to be leading in this area and will continue to focus on making biodiversity enhancements through habitat change and within infrastructure projects. We are proud to play our part in delivering a cleaner, greener and more sustainable society.”

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