Along the Phase One route, which covers 216km from London to the West Midlands, the green corridor will encompass:
7 million new trees and shrubs, including over 40 native species, specific to each location. The new native woodlands will cover over 9 square kilometres of land.
Over 33 square kilometres of new and existing wildlife habitat – equating to an area the size of 4,600 football pitches. That’s an increase of around 30% compared to what’s there now.
Tailor-made homes for wildlife, ranging from bat houses to 226 new ponds for great crested newts and other amphibians.
Earthworks and landscaping which will re-use around 90% of the material excavated during construction.
The potential to support community projects and develop amenity spaces such as access routes, public parks, open spaces and nature reserves.
Work on the pioneering initiative is expected to set new standards for how Britain and the rest of Europe builds the next generation of major infrastructure projects.