Safely sharing London's roads during the construction of Crossrail is hugely important to us. Crossrail will take several years to build and during construction we are doing our best to minimise disruption and make our project as safe as possible for all Londoners.
We have set extremely high safety standards across the project's supply chains, particularly when it comes to road safety.
We have undertaken a number of initiatives already, including:
- Training over 9,000 lorry drivers to date in cycle awareness;
- Making additional safety equipment mandatory on all lorries and vans working on Crossrail;
- Translating our road safety information into 18 different languages;
- Organising safer cycling awareness events near our construction sites to help cyclists become more aware of the risks of cycling next to lorries; and
- Fitting road safety mirrors around our construction sites.
Crossrail lorries are required to travel on designated local routes in central London. These designated routes cover both access and exit from sites are agreed with local authorities under the Crossrail Act.
IMPROVING DRIVER SAFETY
Crossrail has taken a four pronged approach to improving driver safety:
- Behavioural Change
- Raising Awareness
- Corporate Manslaughter Act Seminars
- Exchanging Places
- Contractor Support
- Vehicles & Driver Safety
- Working Group
- Contractor Online Forum (Extranet)
- Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme
- Vehicles and Junctions (Safety Equipment Installed)
- Vehicle Safety Kit Requirements
- Road Safety (Trixi) Mirrors
- Vehicle Safety Kit Helpline
Crossrail is working to make it safer for cyclists manoeuvring around our construction sites. In conjunction with the Metropolitan Police Cycle Task Force and the City of London Police, we aim to raise awareness for vulnerable road users about the dangers of sharing London roads with construction traffic.
With the generous support from Crossrail’s contractors and site teams, Crossrail run a series of Exchanging Places events in prominent locations near our construction sites and along our lorry routes.
So far, Crossrail has successfully held over 15 pop-up events since the first one in July 2012.
Find out more about our Exchanging Places events.