HS2 works blocking pavements and roads

Meeting: 
MQT on 2019-06-20
Session date: 
June 20, 2019
Reference: 
2019/12164
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Will you raise with HS2 and those carrying out work on their behalf the excessive amount of road and pavement space fenced off that they are imposing on the local community? By way of examples, at Gloucester Gate the entire roadway is needlessly blocked off by red barriers extending far beyond the actual worksite – quite unnecessarily because even on rare occasions when plant needs to move in and out, there is plenty of space for it. As a result, cyclists are forced off the roadway onto the pavement over a lengthy stretch, and ignore the signs asking them to dismount endangering pedestrians. HS2 personnel stationed there make no effort to enforce. If the red barriers were moved six feet into the roadway cyclists could stay off the pavement and there would be no effect on HS2 operations.  At the top of Park Village East work there has stopped and the road surface is restored, but the entire roadway is still blocked off and again cyclists are forced onto the pavement.  Even if vehicles are still kept away, there is plenty of road space not needed by HS2 but which cyclists could use.

Answer

HS2 works blocking pavements and roads

HS2 works blocking pavements and roads

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I have asked Transport for London (TfL) to raise this with HS2.

TfL is continuing to work with HS2 and the London Borough of Camden (LBC) to ensure that the impact of HS2 works on all road users and communities is minimised. The works in question are on roads for which LBC is the Highway Authority. I am pleased to report that these works are now substantially complete and the road has re-opened. I have asked TfL to encourage HS2 and their contractors to learn lessons from the issues raised at this location.

TfL will continue to challenge HS2 and their contractors to undertake works using the minimum amount of road space, though TfL and LBC’s powers are limited by the HS2 Act. HS2 and its contractors undertaking the works are ultimately responsible for site safety and compliance with relevant safety legislation, which may dictate the amount of space required.