Welcome to our new interactive environment map


View full screen version of the map

This map has been developed using publicly available data from national and local government agencies such as the Environment Agency, Natural England and local authorities, as well as from sources such as the Woodland Trust. Whilst the datasets included are not exhaustive and we will continue to validate the information represented, it outlines some of the complex factors which our team have been taking into consideration as we progress early designs for East West Rail.

We believe this is the first time such data has been shared by an infrastructure project in this way. This data, along with other information we’re collecting from a range of sources, including local record centres and environmental surveys we are carrying out, will underpin the Environmental Impact Assessment process. As we progress the project we will publish more of this information.

The data used to create this map comes from static sources and does not link to live data. We will update the map when appropriate, and as more data becomes available, though we can confirm that the Preferred Route Option area has not changed since we first published it in January 2020.

Since the interactive map was first published in November 2020, we have increased the number of villages shown and are working with local authorities to develop more detailed public rights of way data – such as smaller footpaths and bridleways.

The map currently shows public rights of way from local councils and data made available under the Open Government License. EWR Co is not responsible for inaccuracies in data provided by third parties, however if mistakes are identified we will work with the relevant data owners to correct them wherever possible.

Use this map to identify key environmental features in your local area

You can use this map to learn more about the many environmental features which our team are considering as we develop designs for East West Rail. This map is simple to use - just select the layers button to bring up information about the environmental features local to where you live.

To add an environmental layer, just follow these instructions:

1. Select the ‘layers’ button on the top right-hand corner of your screen. The ‘layers’ button is the middle icon next to the ruler.

2. Browse the various environmental layers, such as flood plains and priority habitats, and add the ones you want to look at to the map by selecting each one using the ‘tick box’ next to them.

If you experience difficulty using the map and would like it to be supplied in an alternative format, please email contact@eastwestrail.co.uk or contact us by phone at 0330 1340067.



View full screen version of the map

This map has been developed using publicly available data from national and local government agencies such as the Environment Agency, Natural England and local authorities, as well as from sources such as the Woodland Trust. Whilst the datasets included are not exhaustive and we will continue to validate the information represented, it outlines some of the complex factors which our team have been taking into consideration as we progress early designs for East West Rail.

We believe this is the first time such data has been shared by an infrastructure project in this way. This data, along with other information we’re collecting from a range of sources, including local record centres and environmental surveys we are carrying out, will underpin the Environmental Impact Assessment process. As we progress the project we will publish more of this information.

The data used to create this map comes from static sources and does not link to live data. We will update the map when appropriate, and as more data becomes available, though we can confirm that the Preferred Route Option area has not changed since we first published it in January 2020.

Since the interactive map was first published in November 2020, we have increased the number of villages shown and are working with local authorities to develop more detailed public rights of way data – such as smaller footpaths and bridleways.

The map currently shows public rights of way from local councils and data made available under the Open Government License. EWR Co is not responsible for inaccuracies in data provided by third parties, however if mistakes are identified we will work with the relevant data owners to correct them wherever possible.

Use this map to identify key environmental features in your local area

You can use this map to learn more about the many environmental features which our team are considering as we develop designs for East West Rail. This map is simple to use - just select the layers button to bring up information about the environmental features local to where you live.

To add an environmental layer, just follow these instructions:

1. Select the ‘layers’ button on the top right-hand corner of your screen. The ‘layers’ button is the middle icon next to the ruler.

2. Browse the various environmental layers, such as flood plains and priority habitats, and add the ones you want to look at to the map by selecting each one using the ‘tick box’ next to them.

If you experience difficulty using the map and would like it to be supplied in an alternative format, please email contact@eastwestrail.co.uk or contact us by phone at 0330 1340067.


Send us any questions you may have about our approach to the environment as we develop designs for East West Rail, and we'll look into it. We usually deal with enquiries within ten working days though it may take longer for complex enquiries.

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Page last updated: 12 January 2021, 17:40