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Barnard's Lock, Berkshire

On behalf of Network Rail, a Desk-Based Assessment was undertaken as part of an Environmental Impact Assessment to establish the impact of railway engineering works at Barnard’s Lock. ​

Combining documentary research with field data our experts assessed the impact of alternative engineering options affecting a 19th century rail crossing over the River Kennet, close to the Kennet and Avon Canal.


We were able to advise which of these options would least impact upon the historic environment and any underlying alluvial and peat deposits of potential palaeoenvironmental significance.

Project Details


Network Rail


Infrastructure (Rail)


Desk-Based Assessment; Environmental Impact Assessment; Walkover Survey

Key Points

  • 19th century railway bridge over the River Kennet
  • Archaeological Impact Assessment of alternative engineering options
  • Client advised which option would least impact upon the historic and palaeoenvironmental record