HS2 (7)

MQT on 2015-09-16
Session date: 
September 16, 2015
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


How do TfL believe the increase in lorry movements from HS2 in a) Euston and b) Hampstead and Kilburn should be managed?


Answer for HS2 (7)

Answer for HS2 (7)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

TfL has been pressing HS2 to commit to reducing the number of HGV movements by using rail or water as an alternative.   While further assessment is required, TfL is concerned that the impacts from HS2 lorry movements will lead to significant congestion at a number of locations on London's road network.

Both the GLA and TfL have petitioned the HS2 Hybrid Bill and AP2 to ensure that changes are made to reduce the construction impacts of HS2.  HS2 can do more by transporting more spoil and construction materials by rail or river/canal as adopted by not only Crossrail, but also proposed by the Northern Line Extension and Thames Tideway Tunnel projects. 

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.