Reducing Olympic HGVs

Meeting: 
MQT on 2009-09-09
Session date: 
September 9, 2009
Reference: 
2009/2547
Question By: 
John Biggs
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

What is your reaction to Lord Berkeley's, Chair of the Rail Freight Group, report that 800,000 truck movements could be saved around the Olympic site by using rail freight to deliver steel, precast concrete and prefabricated building elements, all of which were transported by rail for the construction of Heathrow Terminal 5? What consideration have you given to alternatives to HGV's in the construction of the Olympic stadium and other facilities?

Answer

Answer for Reducing Olympic HGVs

Answer for Reducing Olympic HGVs

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The ODA's Sustainable Development Strategy included an aspiration to transport 50 per cent of construction materials (by weight) by sustainable means. The latest figures show 58 per cent of construction material has arrived by rail alone.

The ODA has put in place infrastructure to facilitate the delivery of materials to the site by both rail and water. In June 2009 Three Mills Lock (formally known as Prescott Lock) was opened, which allows 350 tone barges to access the waterways for the transportation of materials.

The ODA and its delivery partner promote the use of rail and water based transport, actively encouraging contractors to review all options for their use.