Select Committee on the Crossrail Bill Minutes of Evidence

Examination of Witnesses (Questions 5380 - 5399)

  5380. MS SINGLETON: I would ask for the bollards to be removed full stop because we did not have any bollards before and there were no problems. If Mr Walters could do some negotiations on that, that would be wonderful for us. I do not know that they are making any contribution to anything really.

  5381. BARONESS FOOKES: Do you know why they were put there in the first place? Is it within your local knowledge?

  5382. MS SINGLETON: There were none but when Sainsbury's supermarket was extended a build out was made on to Brady Street so that it would allow better parking and that was when the bollards appeared. I was just completely shocked that so many bollards suddenly appeared on the street. There had always been the small one with the white top, but that was the only bollard.

  5383. BARONESS FOOKES: But as a local resident you saw no purpose in them.

  5384. MS SINGLETON: I see no purpose in them whatsoever. They actually constrict people who want to cross the road in a wheelchair, people with double baby buggies, of which there are many, have real difficulties crossing between the bollards.

  5385. LORD JAMES OF BLACKHEATH: Ms Singleton, would the trucks not be effectively forced to go around the outside properly and not mount the kerb to the danger of the pedestrians and the bollards achieve that purpose.

  5386. MS SINGLETON: At the moment because it is such a big build out it does not achieve that purpose and the lorries have to reverse to get around. On the first day the bollards were put there, there was a fire along the other end of Durward Street and the fire control vehicle had to reverse four times to get into Durward Street. There actually are movable bollards that can go that way, followed by an ambulance which had a difficulty. I rang up the council then and said, "Look, this is dangerous", but there has been no change. I would say from the inception of the new layout it has not been satisfactory.

  5387. The other question I would ask is about bringing the lorries into the junction at Cambridge Heath Road, will that require a different layout because, again, I think there might be some tight work needed there?

   (Mr Walters) Again, across the project I did the same on the Channel Tunnel Rail link, you do have to make minor alterations to junctions, to islands and so on to cope with lorries turning off major roads on to smaller roads.

  5388. Can I ask one other question about the stop in the morning and afternoon. How is that going to be monitored? Somebody has pointed out, we have police there controlling the school children every afternoon and, of course, then they all nip off to Sainsbury's and there is general shopping going on, so what managing arrangements will there be?

   (Mr Walters) First of all, we will agree the half-hour locally with each school, it may vary from school to school depending on how their day actually works and then that will be in the contracts with our contractors. We will ask the contractors to ensure that that happens, but we will have our own people who are also checking compliance as well and, of course, the helpline and community liaison people if people are not happy with the timing and it needs to be adjusted. Principally, because we are very close to a site there, it will be that the site gates have to close for half an hour.

  5389. MS SINGLETON: Thank you. Those are all the questions I have.

  5390. CHAIRMAN: Have you dealt with the Cambridge Heath Road point because I do not think we have seen a plan that shows where it is? Do you want to pursue that at all?

  5391. MS SINGLETON: Me?

  5392. CHAIRMAN: Yes.

  5393. MS SINGLETON: No.

  5394. CHAIRMAN: I just wanted to give you the opportunity.

  5395. BARONESS FOOKES: I understood from evidence last week that if lorries disobeyed the rules and appeared at times when they should not it would be relatively easy for any resident to identify them because each would carry a clear identifying mark which could then be reported to the one-stop-shop or the helpline. That is true of all the sites, is it?

   (Mr Walters) That is correct, my Lady.

  5396. LORD JAMES OF BLACKHEATH: This is a detailed question but it is one which is interesting in this day and age. You mentioned the wild life park at Kempton Court and we got a reminder on the screens just now about the fact that trees are going to be removed but there is an undertaking to replace them later. Were those trees in which birds were nesting and are there any species which are endangered in the territory?

  5397. MS SINGLETON: Those particular trees, they are probably not used. Well, I do not know, there could be some birds nesting in them, but they are smallish. Well, I say they are, they were small cherry type trees but they have grown enormously large now. Yes, they could indeed be used for nesting but I am not aware of any nests in them.

  5398. LORD JAMES OF BLACKHEATH: You cannot actually say there is anything rare, either in terms of the trees or the birds at that time in that place? There is nothing there which is endangered by this?

  5399. MS SINGLETON: The trees that might have possibly been removed were in the area of the worksite within Kempton Court, so there would be about two trees. Originally I was concerned that a bigger area would be taken and we have a particularly nice Robinia which we certainly did not want to be removed and there is quite a lot of holly and hedgerow and that is where the birds do nest.

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