LCC warns cyclists of extra 700 lorries in central London
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Cyclists were warned to take extra care when hundreds of 32-ton lorries passed through central London to The Shard building site near London Bridge station.
Starting during evening rush hour on Friday 16 April 2010, and lasting for 36 hours, almost 700 return lorry trips continuously poured 12,500 tons of concrete into the foundations of Europe's largest building site.
This amounted to an extra lorry on London's streets every 2-3 minutes.
Building lorries among the most hazardous
Concrete lorries and similarly sized tipper lorries are among the most hazardous vehicles for London cyclists. Last month, a cyclist was killed in a collision with a tipper lorry from The Shard building site.
Lorry route information.
All cyclists in the central London area, particularly south of the river around London Bridge, were warned to take extra care on Friday evening, all day Saturday, and Sunday morning. The lorries came from concrete plants in Bow and Battersea. Route details are on the map above.
A spokesperson for the Shard's principal building contractors, Mace Group, told LCC "Please be assured that the safety of cyclists, pedestrians and all road users has been treated very seriously in the planning - which has been ongoing for several weeks and has involved local authorities, Transport for London and immediate neighbours."
HGVs involved in too many cyclist fatalites
LCC lorry campaigner Charlie Lloyd said, "Around half of all cyclist deaths in London involve large lorries, even though there are relatively few on the road.
"This 36-hour rush created an extra hazard. LCC is calling on developers and transport companies to do everything they can to reduce the danger to cyclists and pedestrians."