Construction Traffic on the Highway

I hoped to ask the question below at the last Full Council meeting. However, as the usual chaos descended, we didn’t get anywhere near it on the order paper. I have now been sent a reply from Cllr Rabina Khan.

Question from Councillor Julia Dockerill:

Is the Mayor aware that a significant number of major developments are either underway or at planning stage on both sides of the Highway, including the London Dock, the Topps Tiles and Alan Day sites, Tobacco Dock Hotel and the Thames Tideway Tunnel. Is the Mayor also aware that at peak construction, the Thames Tideway tunnel alone will lead to an extra 82 HGV movements per day. What work has the authority carried out with TfL to assess the cumulative impact of major construction works over the next five years on the Highway in terms of traffic volume and access to Wapping, and is a clear timeline of those works available?

Response from Councillor Rabina Khan, Cabinet Member for Housing and Development

There is a significant amount of development coming forward across the Borough as a whole, and impacts on the Highway Network are robustly assessed.  Each major planning application is accompanied by a Transport Assessment which assesses the impact additional trips will have on the Highway Network – both during construction and post completion.  Significantly large schemes (including London Dock, Topps Tiles and Thames Tideway Tunnel) are also accompanied by an Environmental Statement, which includes a Cumulative Assessment taking into account other developments which have either been consented or are currently submitted for Planning.

Transport for London are closely linked into negotiations regarding those applications, and full details for each application in terms of construction timetable are outlined within each publicly available Environmental Statement.

It should also be noted that in terms of the proposed Thames Tideway Tunnel, the scheme has been designed to maximise the use of the river to limit the amount of heavy goods vehicle traffic using neighbourhood roads.

There has been a particular issue with construction vehicles parking and waiting in Pennington Street which Highways and Planning Officers are working to address together with major developers in the immediate area.

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