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Bow siding a target to help ODA’s green plans

The Olympic Delivery Authority is negotiating with rail freight firm EWS to use its siding at Bow East to help it meet sustainability and green targets.

The Olympic Delivery Authority is negotiating with rail freight firm EWS to use its siding at Bow East to help it meet sustainability and green targets.

It has pledged to deliver half of the materials needed for the site by water and rail - although ODA chief executive David Higgins said he didn’t expect this target to go up. He added: “It’s demanding enough already.”

The EWS siding will be one of the key rail heads for the ODA. It is also planning to build a spur to a second depot close to the Stratford City and athletes’ village developments being built by Westfield and Bovis Lend Lease.

Work on the Prescott Lock on the river Lea is due to finish early next year and will allow the passage of 200 tonne barges to drop their loads upstream at the Stratford site. Mr Higgins said the lock will also help with the Crossrail project.

Mr Higgins admitted the ODA has decided to focus on achievable targets in areas such as health and safety, training and sustainability.

He added: “There is an enormous expectation to solve things and we can’t solve everything. But we are attacking certain areas, for example diversity in the workplace.

“We want to focus on things that are achievable and if we can, there’s no reason why other projects can’t do that.”