• Updated travel advice for employees and workers in London’s construction industry
  • TfL construction sites working in new ways as a result of the coronavirus pandemic
  • Many workers making use of new space for walking and cycling provided by Streetspace for London

A new briefing has been released by Transport for London (TfL) outlining the latest travel advice for the construction industry as more of its workforce returns to sites across the Capital.

Download here: https://tfl.gov.uk/corporate/publications-and-reports/coronavirus-publications

In line with the Government’s easing of lockdown, TfL is helping to get those who cannot work from home back to work. To keep the construction sector moving and working safely, sustainably and as quickly as possible TfL is encouraging employers to take a number of measures.

These include:

  • Enabling and encouraging workers to walk and cycle all or part of their journeys
  • Changing operating hours or staggering shifts to help workers avoid the busiest times on the network
  • Reducing and retiming the delivery of goods and services to and from sites

Many of TfL’s contractors working at large sites, such as the Northern Line Extension, Bank Station Upgrade and the Barking Riverside Extension, have changed the way they work with a focus on enabling staff to not only walk and cycle to work more easily but also to maintain social distancing while working with reduced numbers onsite.

New bicycle racks and new welfare areas with additional lockers and showers help provide people with more travel options to get to work in a sustainable way. Segregated canteen areas have also been established with limits on how many staff can use these facilities at one time.

TfL is working with the wider industry, its contractors and membership bodies like Build UK (the leading representative organisation for the UK construction industry) to ensure that workers who are unable to work from home and need to use public transport may be able to have new start and finish times in an effort to avoid the busiest times or stations on the network. Workers who are able to walk and cycle to work should be allocated the shifts that start and finish around peak travel times. Deliveries to sites should be kept to a minimum, and where possible, done outside peak times.

The construction sector briefing also contains specific travel advice for workers in areas of concentrated construction that are nearest to some of London’s busiest stations including:

  • Vauxhall/ Nine Elms
  • Westminster
  • The City of London
  • Canary Wharf
  • Stratford

Stuart Harvey, Director of Major Projects, said: “We have seen how important the construction industry is to the economy, and with more workers returning to our worksites as well as other construction projects around the capital, this new guidance will help workers to travel to sites or offices safely and sustainably.

“The construction industry, its membership bodies and contractors have been vital in supporting our response to coronavirus and it has been great to have them encourage their members and their workforce to walk and cycle. This briefing should also help everyone in the industry to easily navigate the new ways that public transport is having to operate as a result of the pandemic.”

With London’s public transport capacity running at significantly lower levels due to social distancing requirements and more people returning to work as restrictions are lifted, millions of journeys a day will need to be made by other means. To support social distancing for those walking or cycling on London’s streets, TfL’s Streetspace for London programme has delivered larger pavements at a number of locations as well as new cycle lanes in partnership with London’s boroughs.

TfL is doing everything possible to provide a safe transport network for those people who need to use it. Measures to help enable social distancing wherever possible are being put in place. These include new signage and platform stickers, operating stations differently through restricting entry if necessary, and one-way or queuing systems.

Hundreds of hand sanitiser points have been introduced across the transport network and an enhanced cleaning regime is now in place including additional hospital-grade cleaning substances that kill viruses and bacteria on contact, new anti-viral disinfectant that protects for up to 30 days, key interchanges being cleaned more frequently – including during the day – and all regular ‘touch points’ being wiped down with a strong disinfectant every day.

Following new Government guidance, everyone must now also wear a face covering while using on public transport unless they are exempt. Everyone is also reminded to wash their hands before and after travelling.

TfL is inviting companies and suppliers in the construction industry to share their examples of best practice in encouraging and using sustainable travel or reducing road freight traffic by emailing tdm@tfl.gov.uk.

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