12 Summary and HIA-Specific Mitigation References

12 Summary and HIA-Specific Mitigation

12.1 Summary

This HIA has identified the main effects on human health and wellbeing that are likely to result from the proposed Forth Replacement Crossing, based on currently available information on the proposed scheme and its economic, transport and environmental effects during construction and operation.

The assessment has acknowledged that, by providing an alternative traffic route in the event of an eventual closure or partial closure of the Forth Road Bridge, the proposed scheme would prevent widespread socio-economic impacts which would otherwise have adverse consequences for health and wellbeing.

The potential for positive and negative health effects have been identified during construction and operation of the proposed scheme. These are generally of negligible to minor magnitude. Effects may be more likely in the areas close to the proposed new road alignments to the north and south of the Main Crossing.

12.2 Mitigation

As described in this report, a wide range of mitigation measures have been incorporated into the design of the proposed scheme through the EIA process. Specific mitigation measures from the ES which relate to the relevant health determinants are identified in this report and were taken into account in the consideration of health impacts. Measures will be put in place during construction to ensure that any impacts are mitigated as far as practicable and a dedicated Community Liaison Officer will be appointed by the contractor to respond quickly to any concerns and complaints raised by the local community.

The following additional mitigation measures have been identified as a result of this HIA.

General measures

  • When notifying communities of planned construction works as required by the CoCP, the Contractor will provide information on details of proposed air quality and noise monitoring and any other proposed mitigation.
  • The Contractor will be required to demonstrate a commitment to its wider social responsibilities, for example through participation in the Considerate Constructor’s scheme.

Transport, Economics and Employment

  • Transport Scotland will seek to create local training and employment opportunities during construction.

Community Severance

  • Secured by Design principles will be applied to the design of temporary and permanent footpaths, cycle paths and underpasses to ensure that people are not deterred from using either temporary or permanent routes due to safety concerns.


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