Construction Logistics Plans: safe working in a busy city

As part of its partnership work with TfL and the Construction Logistics and Community Safety (CLOCS) community LCC is looking at some of the innovative approaches to reducing road danger and improving safety implemented by CLOCS members. 
Engineering, design and consultancy firm Arup employs 13,000 people in 35 countries. It’s UK arm is a CLOCS champion and it runs the Construction Logistics Plan training scheme in association with the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) and Transport for London (TfL).   

Construction Logistics Plans: does your borough require them? 

As military commanders well know logistics can win or lose battles. In construction, logistics serves a similar function, to deliver goods on time, but it can also help avoid conflicts that win the battle to save lives.

Getting materials to a work site at the right time on the right day is the conventional task for a logistics manager. What CLOCS champions, and developers,  are learning from a new Construction Logistics Planning course run by CLOCS champion Arups is how to not only keep a work site rolling but how to avoid injuring road users, piling up complaints from local residents, and meeting the requirements of a borough council.

A Construction Logistics Plan (CLP) is defined as “a management tool for developers and construction contractors to help mitigate the risks associated with construction activity. The CLP focuses specifically on construction supply chains and how impact on the road network can be reduced”

For any high or medium impact development a majority of London local authorities (though not all) are likely to require seeing and agreeing a CLP. Without an outline CLP, and then an agreed and more detailed CLP, planning permission may not be granted, or construction may be delayed.  


Neither a cycle user nor a pedestrian is likely to ever see a CLP unless they are commenting on a planning application (which can be worth the effort). But we are all impacted by the running of building sites. The difference between a site that has developed an approved and well-considered CLP and one that ignores such planning can be significant. Multiple lorries driving at speed past a school at drop-off time or obstructing the pavement on a school walking route, for example, can be highly hazardous. Getting tangled up in early morning school traffic can also waste a lot of time for the HGV driver and his employer and can lead to costly delays in the constriction programme.

Trainees in CLPs are not only expected to digest the steps required to produce a CLP that will pass muster with local authority but are also required to evaluate CLPs and work through a template CLP. Each CLP is expected to list what a contractor is committed to do to minimise impacts of their work as well as stating what has been proposed and considered. If, for example a site is within 100m of a navigable waterway or a rail siding they are expected to consider moving freight by water or rail. Re-timing deliveries out of peak is step developers usually consider to both avoid hazards and save time – in Southwark some sites have agreed the arrival of vehicles before site opening times (and waiting with engines switched off) to minimise movements of HGV during the morning peak.

Developers and council officers can apply  via the training website  to attend one of the CLP courses run by Arup in  conjunction with CILT and TfL. There is also a comprehensive manual called Construction Logistics plan Guidance on the web