As a framework contractor for Network Rail, Ecus is used to working across the UK on a range of rail projects. In October 2017, Ecus was commissioned by Network Rail and Transport for Wales (TFW) to deliver a series of surveys around Cardiff and the Core Valley Lines (CVL) to record and map invasive species and trees with bat roost potential.

The surveys were undertaken in December 2017 and January 2018 across five lines out of Cardiff, including those to Treherbert, Merthyr Tydfil and Aberdare. Species recorded included Japanese knotweed Fallopia japonica, Himalayan balsam Impatiens glandulifera and Cotoneaster Cotoneaster sp.

In delivering this work, the Ecus team walked in excess of 65 miles, during both daylight surveys and night time possessions, delivering the final set of results within seven days of the survey completion. Ecus managed all the track access for night and day working, creating and supplying all safety critical staff with the necessary safe system of work packs, task briefing sheets and work package plans.


ECUS has been a valued contract partner for our recent vegetation management surveys in South Wales, working with a high degree of professionalism throughout and delivering the work on time, under challenging conditions and timescales.”

Chris Howchin, Network Rail – Programme Manager