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Trucking outcry hits Crossrail

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AGGREGATE companies have formally lodged petitions against the Government's Crossrail Bill. They claim it would force lorries to drive millions of extra miles on the UK's roads.

London Concrete, Lafarge, Ta rmac and the Quarry Products Association have all filed complaints against the Bill.

The four organisations claim the planned acquisition of land at various sites in London would prevent materials arriving by rail and move it onto the road network.

Some of the planned acquisitions are of current railway sidings and others are land designated by aggregate firms for planned rail hubs. The firms claim the railway sidings are needed to provide materials for future London developments such as the 2012 Olympics.

There were a total of 358 petitions against Crossrail from groups and individuals including the Corporation of London, the Environment Agency, MPs Theresa May and George Galloway, and developers such as Barratt Homes, British Land and Hammerson.

The majority of concerns were over anticipated noise, dust, vibration and traffic as well as the structural impact on those buildings directly above the proposed tunnelling.

The petitions will be considered by a standing committee before the Bill proceeds to its third reading.