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Olympic Games 2012: Construction Vehicles

Volume 712: debated on Monday 5 October 2009


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Davies of Oldham (HL5072), how much freight is transported from the Barking consolidation centre to the Stratford site by (a) road and (b) rail. [HL5356]

The ODA’s commitment to the transportation of materials by sustainable means is demonstrated by the ODA’s sustainability plan (2007) stating an aspiration that 50 per cent of construction materials by weight will be transported by sustainable means. This is reflected in the planning obligations for the Olympic Park.

The latest figures show that 58 per cent of construction material has arrived by rail alone. In June 2009 Three Mitts Lock, formally known as Prescott Lock was opened, which allows 350-tonne barges to access the waterways for the transportation of materials.

The movement of freight by road is recorded at both Barking and M11 logistics centres and rail is recorded on site at the Bow East logistics centre. The number of road vehicles processed through the Barking logistics centre between December 2008 and August 2009 was 20,210. The Barking logistics centre does not process rail freight. During the same period— December 08-August 09—620,000 tonnes of material has been moved between the Bow East logistics centre and the Olympic Park site by rail.