The construction phase will take between 24 and 36 months. HGVs, abnormal loads and construction traffic will pass through local villages during this period. This will create noise, pollution, and damage to roads and verges, as well as extra risk for pedestrians, cyclists and horse-riders. It is also likely to disturb the bio-diversity on more rural lanes.
Some roads will be too narrow and there will be a need for temporary, localised road widening, as well as a construction compound to transfer the abnormal size loads and HGV loads to smaller vehicles.
Hundreds of workers will need to travel to and from the construction sites during the build phase, creating traffic, noise and pollution.