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Crossrail hails impact of cycling safety initiative

More than 4,700 lorry drivers have now completed Crossrail’s mandatory safety course in an effort to reduce the numbers of cyclists hurt or killed on Britain’s roads.

The company has also imposed new contract requirements for HGVs delivering to its sites to be fitted with warning signs and cycle safety equipment, at an average cost of £1,250.

Crossrail requires all HGV drivers to undergo a one day intensive training course about road safety, while all lorries are inspected when arriving on site to ensure safety equipment has been installed.

“The haulage and construction industry has invested millions in new safety equipment to meet Crossrail’s safety requirements for HGVs,” said Crossrail chief executive Andrew Wolstenholme.

“The benefits are not just confined to London as the majority of HGVs delivering to Crossrail sites also deliver to locations in towns and cities across the UK. The impact of this initiative is clearly demonstrated by organisations in both the private and public sectors now adopting these important safety standards.”

The measures include cameras and detection equipment, which warns the driver when a cyclist is in the near-side blind spot.

Under-run guards are fitted to tippers, skips and grab lorries to prevent cyclists from coming into contact with lorry wheels, while warnings alert cyclists and pedestrians of the risks they face by getting too close to HGVs.

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