Crossrail sites turn away dangerous delivery lorries

Published:  23 February, 2012

LONDON: Delivery lorries that do not comply with new safety measures to protect cyclists will be turned away from Crossrail construction sites.

Contractors on the project are backing a campaign for safer lorries following a spate of accidents involving cyclists across the capital.

Crossrail's contractor requirements insist that all HGVs working on the project are fitted with safety devices including blind spot proximity sensors, side under-run guards and warning alerts for cyclists.

Keyline has also adapted 14 of its delivery lorries to comply with the new demands. Any trucks not meeting the strict standards are being turned away from site with contractors liable for any costs incurred. The crackdown applies to HGVs operated directly by a contactor or on their behalf by a haulier.

Leading builders merchants have already adapted their vehicles to comply with Crossrail's demands.

Ian Wilson, safety director, Balfour Beatty Major Civil Engineering said: "Managing the interfaces between people and plant is at the heart of our Zero Harm ethos.

"Balfour Beatty is committed to supporting them and our supply chain in the development of new technologies to further enhance these safety measures."

Burdens group safety and transport officer Ryan Coles said: "Compliant vehicles are in place at our London depots with more to follow in the coming months.

"We are also not confining this to London, so more Burdens vehicles with the very latest safety systems will be introduced across the country."

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