Benefits of construction consolidation and river delivery

Meeting:

Mayor's Question Time

Date:

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Reference:

Question 2015/1647

Main question

Caroline Pidgeon

Analysis has shown that construction consolidation and river delivery in a TfL funded centre in south-east London achieved a 70% reduction in freight journeys, increased productivity and an approximate 75% reduction of CO2 emissions. Given the clear benefits of using the Thames in this way, will you commit to greater use of construction consolidation and river delivery?


Answer

The Mayor

Yes, TfL already actively encourages use of the river and construction consolidation through the planning system, and will continue to do so.

TfL is working with the Port of London Authority and others to further increase the amount of construction materials delivered by barge to projects close to the Thames. TfL will use the river as much as possible during the construction of the Northern Line extension, the Thames Tideway Tunnel will also be making extensive use of the Thames and we are working with Vauxhall Nine Elms to help them switch more of their current deliveries to the river. They will also ensure the facilities developed for these schemes can be used in legacy by others and that their use in the future is protected by the planning system.

TfL is also talking to a number of large forthcoming construction schemes about using consolidation while they are still in the pre-planning stage. By reducing the number of road trips consolidation improves road safety, air quality and can reduce costs. TfL is examining how consolidation can be used in other sectors and have funded a trial by three London boroughs that reduced road trips and costs.

Although TfL provided the initial funding for the successful London Construction Consolidation Centre in Bermondsey this centre is now run on a commercial basis in Silvertown without TfL's support. It continues to minimise the number of road trips while reducing construction costs.