HS2 (3)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-07-15
Session date: 
July 15, 2015
Reference: 
2015/2258
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Given the expected huge increase in HGV and other traffic movements as a consequence of HS2, including over 1300 HGV movements per day and a long term permanent traffic increase of 40% in  the area, will you extend the planned ULEZ to the Euston HS2 safeguarded area; and if not why not?

Answer

Answer for HS2 (3)

Answer for HS2 (3)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Written answer from the Mayor

The construction of HS2 will lead to a significant number of construction vehicle movements over a number of years, particularly around Euston. 

TfL has been pressing HS2 to adopt the practices successfully used by Crossrail to minimise disruption. This includes using more sustainable modes, such as rail or water, to transport construction materials and spoil from construction worksites. 

Setting stricter standards for construction vehicles is also something that TfL is keen to see HS2 adopt. This includes embedding the Construction Logistics and Cycle Safety scheme and the Freight Operator Recognition Scheme to ensure that the highest standard of safety for all road users is met and to minimise vehicle emissions. TfL will continue to work with local authorities to agree a consistent approach across London with regard to construction vehicles. 

TfL is working with boroughs to look at the feasibility of expanding the ULEZ as well as tightening the standards for the London-wide Low Emission Zone soon after 2020.  An update on this work will be provided to London Councils later this year. In the meantime, I will continue to press the UK Government to specify ULEZ compliance (i.e. Euro VI) for any HS2 construction contract to minimise impact on air quality, regardless of whether the vehicles enter the zone.