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09.06.20

Transport for London’s construction projects begin phased restart

Numerous Transport for London’s (TfL) construction projects will see work resume, with more restarting in the coming weeks, in line with the Government’s announcement of lockdown measures being eased for those who could not work from home.

Restrictions were eased in early May following 300 TfL sites being brought to a Safe Stop in late March to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. Since then design and other preparatory work on many of these projects has continued, with staff and many of TfL’s contractors working from home.

Over the coming weeks, site preparation to accommodate social distancing and construction work will safely begin in a phased way on a number of projects vital to supporting jobs and homes, or providing essential transport infrastructure, across the capital.

This includes major capacity improvements and extensions for Tube and rail, such as the Northern Line Extension to Battersea, the Bank Station Capacity Upgrade and the extension of London Overground to the new housing development at Barking Riverside.

Additionally, the transformation of Old Street Roundabout, Cycleways, safety improvements to some key road junctions and new walking and cycling infrastructure to support social distancing by encouraging active travel.

TfL have worked in collaboration with its contractors and supply chain to introduce changes to ensure all sites operate securely and fully comply with the latest guidance from the Government and Public Health England.

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Further changes to safeguard workers and main social distancing include staggered shifts and breaks to spread journeys outside peak periods and prevent large groups, additional staff welfare areas and clear signage for social distancing and one-way walking routes. Extra handing washing facilities and sanitising stations and reconfigured canteens and access to personal hand sanitisers.

Heidi Alexander, Deputy Mayor for Transport, said: “It’s really positive that work can now safely resume on key transport infrastructure projects, which will help to kickstart London’s economic recovery. It’s vital that construction workers make journeys to sites on foot or by bike if at all possible, in order to keep services safe for those who really need it. If workers have to travel on public transport, I’m pleased that our plans for staggered shifts will help them avoid the busiest times.”

Stuart Harvey, Director of Major Projects, said: “Our number one priority is always the safety of staff on our sites as well as the surrounding communities. We have carefully developed our plans and adapted our worksites by working closely with our supply chain.

“It is a positive step that work can safely recommence on upgrades and key transport infrastructure projects that are so vital for the capital. We will continue to keep activity at all sites under review and ensure we continuously evaluate and improve our approach with safety at the forefront of all that we do.”

Images: Transport for London 

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