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Olympic Games 2012: Construction

Volume 495: debated on Monday 29 June 2009

To ask the Minister for the Olympics what plans she has to encourage construction companies on the Olympic site to use waterborne freight. (281746)

The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) encourages all contractors to use the waterways, where possible, to transport materials. The ODA’s work to open up navigable waterways will actively encourage contractors to employ sustainable transport methods at every opportunity.

Contractors are also embracing this challenge, for example, Team Stadium (the consortium constructing the Olympic Stadium) is building offloading facilities near the stadium to enable movement of materials by water. Two of the ODA’s other tier 1 contractors, Veolia Environmental Services and Aggregate Industries, have also committed to using the waterways to transport materials in and waste out. Veolia Environmental Services, the site waste management contractor, is expected to have the first barge carrying waste out of the park in late June following the opening of Three Mills Lock (formerly known as Prescott Lock).

The target set out in the Sustainable Development Strategy published in 2007 stated that 50 per cent. of materials (by weight) would be transported by rail or water. Figures published in April show that the ODA is already achieving 57 per cent. of deliveries by rail alone.

The ODA also continues to work closely with British Waterways, Transport for London, the Department for Transport and the Port of London authority to create and promote opportunities to transport materials by water.

To ask the Minister for the Olympics whether construction companies working on the Olympic site have clauses within their contracts to encourage waterborne freight. (281747)

While there is no specific requirement or clause in relation to the use of sustainable transportation methods, the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) emphasises its commitment to sustainability throughout the procurement process, for example, by inviting prospective contractors to provide proposals to meet the ODA target of transporting 50 per cent. of construction materials (by weight) by sustainable means (rail and water).

To ask the Minister for the Olympics what estimate she has made of the proportion of (a) goods and (b) other materials which will be transported to the main Olympic site by water. (281748)

The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) delivery management system keeps a record by weight of all deliveries and removals to and from the Olympic Park. With the completion of dredging works, the regular use of the waterways is scheduled to commence around the end of this month. The proportion of sustainable deliveries by water will then be able to be calculated from Q3 2009 on a monthly basis.

The target set out in the Sustainable Development Strategy published in 2007 stated that 50 per cent. of materials (by weight) would be transported by rail or water. Figures published in April show that the ODA is already achieving 57 per cent. of deliveries by rail alone.