The Relatively Good Radio Show

I hav been appearing as a guest on the Relatively Good Radio Show over the past few weeks.  The show is hosted by my dear friend Richard Guard who, amongst other things helped to organise the 1994 Cycle Messenger World Championships in London, and whose book Lost London was recently published. The show is a mix of London related chat and music, and the house band, the Relatives, specialise in ‘turning the everyday into folk legend’, with songs such as ‘Smash and Grab Robbery in Brent Cross’.

It’s light entertainment, but not lightweight.  It’s on Resonance FM on Sundays at 3pm for at least few more weeks.  You can listen to the most recent edition via the Soundcloud widget below, or just go to the Soundcloud page.

  1. Dave H said:

    You won’t get a ban Bill because the key detail is that construction sites need continuous removal of the excavated material by some means or other, and continuous supply of perishable material like concrete (concrete trucks – also 32T 4-axle rigids feature equally with skip and tipper trucks) For the Shard foundations 30 x 32T concrete jiggers were being run around the click with 3 shifts of drivers, and I have a strong hunch that a number of incidents – including fatalities in Bermondsey will correlate to the intensive period of HGV traffic.

    Very few of the large artics used for retail and logistics actually come in to the city, the economics of having such expensive kit stuck crawling slong in traffic means that most of these trucks are decanted into smaller vehicles, so that they can clock up the miles on the motorways, which means that the dominant type of vehicle is the construction site type. The LCC safer cab detail is also one to press for – as one Army logistics specialist reportedly commented – “I’ve never needed such ground clearances for driving round a battlefield so I don’t see what makes it ‘essential’ for your tipper trucks”

    We face a further intensive operation here with London Bridge Station – 2 projects the Thameslink stuff up on the viaduct, whcih I understand is to use much of the demolition and spoil just down the railway line to build the embankments for the Bermondsey Flyover junction. What is happening for the material generated by the demolition of the arches between Stainer Street and Joiner Street is less clear – rough guess at c.100,000T, a short distance from the Thames where barges could take 2000T a time and HMS Belfast is 11,000T displacement, or perhaps thay can send it upstairs and on rail (1000T per train?).

    Big projects can cut the need for concrete loads on the road by setting up a batching plant on site, or maybe we should have a portable on on a pontoon, supplied with stone and cement by barge, and transferred for short diatance deliveries by road or pumped directly to the site.

    To the South we have the massive tonnage that will be generated when the Heygate Estate is dropped and cleared, putting say 100-200 truck movements per day around the Elephant.

    The detail is in managing out the hazard – keeping the ton miles down, and in the process reducing the damage to the city streets (32T rigids are the most damaging type of vehicle on the road) in the same process the pollution footprint (noise PM10 NOx COx etc) is also cut down. This can be through having short road hauls to railheads and river wharves, and focussing the traffic on these routes with clear options to avoid them when cycling or manage out dangers of left turns etc for cyclists.

    S Walsh of Brentwood has steadily grown the amount of construction traffic on the water and just received an award for this – some days thay have 10,000T moving around London on their vessels. We need TfL’s Freight Unit to play a key role in setting up and retaining facilities, so that the excuse that there is no convenient rail or river facility is not available to any developer who will then simply take the easy default option of using trucks and long haul distances to tipping sites in Essex and Kent


  2. Nice comment, but would you mind pasting it into the ‘lorry ban’ post instead?


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