Bus Depot Safety Assessment

Plenary on 2004-01-14
Session date: 
January 14, 2004
Question By: 
Richard Barnes
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
Ken Livingstone


Is it planned that the proposed bus depot at the corner of Horn Lane and Western Avenue will hold large amounts of fuel and if so, what independent safety assessment has been made of storing fuel within a residential area? .


Answer for Bus Depot Safety Assessment

Answer for Bus Depot Safety Assessment

Answered By: 
Ken Livingstone

The fuel storage tanks will contain approximately 100,000 litres when full. The tanks and associated pipework will be above ground within a specially designed enclosure; they will have leak detectors and will fully conform to current best practice and design. The whole project is subject to the requirements of the Construction, Design and Management Regulations which cover safe standards and practices. The arrangements proposed at the Horn Lane/Western Avenue site are no different in principle from those at the other 80+ garages which operate buses for London. Since the buses used will be brand new the site will be more up-to-date than many of those other sites. Diesel is a more stable fuel than, for example, petrol and does not normally present a significant fire hazard (far less than, for example, a petrol filling station). .