Crossrail has trained over 7,000 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.
The 7,000th driver to be trained was Matthew Stanton who works for RJC Lowloaders Ltd, a haulage company based in Northamptonshire.
The course covers areas such as hazard perception, causes of collisions and driver health. Drivers are also required to watch cycle safety training films designed to help both cyclists and drivers navigate and share the road safely.
Mick Heduan MBE, Crossrail Lorry Driver Training Programme Manager said: “Crossrail has led the industry to bring about far reaching reforms around HGVs in London. Our tailored training course has been a central part of a broad range of measures designed to make sure that vehicles supplying our sites comply with the very highest standards of safety.”
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.
Mick Heduan was recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for 2014 for his work training Crossrail’s lorry drivers to share safely London’s roads with cyclists and other vulnerable road users.
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The Crossrail route will serve 40 stations and run more than 100km from Reading and Heathrow in the west, through new twin-bore 21 km (13 miles) tunnels below central London to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east.
When Crossrail opens it will increase London's rail-based transport capacity by 10%, supporting regeneration and cutting journey times across the city. Crossrail services are due to commence through central London in 2018.
Crossrail is being delivered by Crossrail Limited (CRL). CRL is a wholly owned subsidiary of Transport for London. Crossrail is jointly sponsored by the Department for Transport and Transport for London.