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Lorry Driver Induction Training - the road to safer driving

Lorry Driver Induction Training - the road to safer driving

Crossrail’s tough safety requirements for any lorry working on the project is leading to widespread haulage industry changes as goods vehicles across Britain are upgraded with new safety equipment to alert drivers to vulnerable road users.

Crossrail has trained over 9,000 lorry drivers on how to share safely London’s roads with cyclists and other vulnerable road users.

Every frequent lorry driver working on the construction of Crossrail must complete a custom-made course designed in consultation with cycling and road safety campaign groups and the police.

Crossrail is the first project to mandate that HGVs must have additional safety equipment and driver training to protect cyclists and pedestrians. Thousands of HGVs working on the project have installed more than 20 additional safety items to alert the driver to cyclists and pedestrians and to reduce the risk of serious injury to other road users.

Where vehicles fail safety checks, the driver and the vehicle are suspended. Deliveries to site can only resume once the driver and a senior manager from the company have re-taken the lorry safety course.

Crossrail is also putting cyclists in the driver seat through its ‘exchanging places’ programme to provide an understanding of the blind spots experienced by lorry drivers and working with police to visit schools to help train the next generation of cyclists in road safety and lorry awareness.

The course content is split up into 3 key areas

  1. Road safety and sharing London's roads with vulnerable road users;
  2. Vehicle compliance standards for working on Crossrail; and
  3. Protective security techniques and awareness.

Crossrail routes and specific hazards are discussed during the course and all drivers are issued with certificates and ID badges once they have completed the course.

Sharing our passion for safety best practices

There are a number of stakeholders who are interested in Crossrail's LDIT initiatives and in Logistics we keep in touch with these organisations to ensure they are aware of our developments and have an input into what we are doing.

Our stakeholders include the following organisations:

40 Stations Connected

Building the new railway involves constructing 10 new stations in central London and Docklands and upgrading 30 existing stations between Reading and Heathrow in the west and Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east.