Linear assets (energy, transport and water) provide opportunities to create networks of multi-functional green infrastructure (GI) for additional benefits including biodiversity and landscape objectives, climate change adaptation and mitigating impacts such as surface water runoff, noise and air pollution. Effective planning and management of green infrastructure enhances the resilience of linear infrastructure assets and reduces whole life costs. Implementing green infrastructure into new build linear developments and retrofitting into existing linear assets will also deliver ecosystem services for wider environmental, economic and social benefits.
Developing and maintaining green infrastructure along linear assets provides multiple benefits and opportunities to create sustainable networks with connections to the surrounding landscape and places where people live and work. The end result is natural green spaces with linkages to urban, peri-urban and the wider rural countryside.
This project seeks to produce a range of outputs for clients and planners, highlighting examples of good practice on implementing green infrastructure along the linear infrastructure network and in doing so help share good practice between different asset managers, sectors and drive improvement across the industry.
CIRIA is currently engaging stakeholders to secure funding support for the project.
For more information please contact Suzanne Simmons.