HS2 (5)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-09-16
Session date: 
September 16, 2015
Reference: 
2015/2816
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

What mitigation measures have you raised with HS2 to address the combined effects on the people of Camden who live in the Euston area of noise, air pollution, increased traffic, and other detrimental environmental health factors resulting from the construction of HS2?

Answer

Answer for HS2 (5)

Answer for HS2 (5)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I am concerned that the construction of HS2 will lead to a number of detrimental impacts to the people living and working in the vicinity of Euston.  TfL has been pressing HS2 to significantly reduce these impacts and to commit to these measures as part of the Hybrid Bill. 

Amongst the measures that TfL has proposed is that HS2 adopt stricter standards for construction vehicles including embedding the Construction Logistics and Cycle Safety (CLOCS) and the Freight Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) to ensure that the highest quality logistics operation is used to minimise vehicle emissions and improve safety for all road users.  Adopting CLOCS and FORS is widely recognised by the UK construction industry and has yielded significant benefits to local communities affected by construction as well as wider benefits to London.  In addition, TfL has been working with HS2 to utilise more sustainable modes across London and in particular the use of rail for the transport of construction spoil and materials. 

By meeting or exceeding the practices used by Crossrail and proposed by the Northern Line Extension and Thames Tideway Tunnel projects, HS2 can deal more effectively with the combined effects of construction.  I will continue to press the sponsor of HS2, the DfT, for the railway to be a model for future projects.