Keyline upgrades vehicles for Crossrail

Published:  15 February, 2012

NORTHAMPTON: Keyline, part of Travis Perkins, has upgraded 14 vehicles that operate along the Crossrail route to meet new health and safety regulations on Europe's largest civil engineering construction project.

The vehicles have been retrofitted with advanced safety devices including close proximity mirrors to remove any blind spots from the drivers' vision and side sensors that will warn of any vehicle, pedestrian or cyclist that is alongside. Drivers are required to have vehicle lights on if no daytime running lights are equipped along with flashing beacons and rear strobes when delivering to any Crossrail site.

These latest measures are in response to Crossrail's Target Zero programme, a framework for everyone involved in the construction project to work together to deliver health, safety and environmental excellence. These transport requirements are already recognised as the most stringent standards in the rail sector with all vehicles fitted with reversing cameras, white noise alarms and cyclist mirrors, and drivers needing to have completed Crossrail's dedicated one-day training course.

Richard Wade, rail sector manager at Keyline said: "We have already invested more than £100,000 in safety equipment and our drivers undertake more than 30 hours of training each year to ensure we exceed the needs of Crossrail.

"As a result, we believe we are currently the only provider of building materials to have full compliance, providing contractors with total peace of mind by ensuring they avoid any financial penalties or damage to their reputations."

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