HS2 (1)

MQT on 2015-10-21
Session date: 
October 21, 2015
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


further to Question No: 2015/2817:

'What assessment have you made of the increase in lorry movements as a consequence of HS2 construction in a) Euston and b) Hampstead and Kilburn?'

Your response being:

'HS2 has undertaken a number of assessments utilising TfL strategic highway models to test the impacts of HS2 construction on London's road network.  TfL has been working with HS2 on these assessments and has been pressing HS2 to undertake more detailed modelling to better understand the impacts at key junctions.  In addition, TfL has been pressing HS2 to consider the cumulative impacts of construction at numerous worksites across London which will impact on London's strategic road network (TLRN). 

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'. 

What has been HS2's response to your arguments?


Answer for HS2 (1)

Answer for HS2 (1)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

As I have said previously, the current HS2 proposals are inadequate and TfL has been pressing for changes for sometime.

HS2 Ltd is in the process of revising their Draft Code of Construction Practice and Route Wide Traffic Management Plan and has had meetings with TfL to further understand its requirements with regard to vehicle emissions and road safety for vulnerable road users. 

TfL is confident that HS2 Ltd will adopt industry-leading standards on these important issues as already agreed for other major projects including the Northern line Extension and Thames Tideway Tunnel.  With regard to the use of rail for the transportation of construction materials, I understand that HS2 Ltd is currently investigating how the use of rail can be maximised for its construction works and I look forward to seeing the results of this work in the near future.

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