Transport for London (TfL) have adopted the Healthy Streets Approach to improve air quality, reduce congestion and help make London’s diverse communities greener, healthier and more attractive places to live, work, play and do business.
This involves prioritising walking, cycling and public transport. As the population rises there is a need for more infrastructures to cope with demand. This results in increased construction and to maintain safe and secure environments during works a priority.
Many sites focus on the build programme whilst the highway impacts are not always visualised. By taking constructors out on a ‘walk around’ to see how their sites, the sites of adjacent developments and other or associated works are managed helps raise awareness for the importance of best practice.
As part of the Vauxhall, Nine Elms and Battersea (VNEB) and Waterloo working groups, constructors are invited to walk the areas on a bi-monthly basis to actively experience and observe working practices that impact the road network and those that rely on it. This includes; HGV management, hoarding design, gantries, roadworks and associated noise and dust from the road user perspective.
Walking is probably the slowest form of transport and for many, covering long distances is not achievable due to disabilities or other health issues. Constructors often close or cause obstructions in footways which are viewed as a necessity to accommodate works. The impacts of this greatly affect local communities.
The walks not only raise awareness of the problems but can help towards improving the walking environment from committed changes to working methods.
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