Monday, 20 March 2017

AI secures Thames Tideway Tunnel contract

Aggregate Industries role will be to remove the 800,000 tonnes of spoil produced from the tunnelling process, to be loaded, transported via the River Thames... By using this method, it means approximately 34,000 less vehicle movements on the road network.
It’s good news that material is being transported using methods other than by road, and AI has proudly put out a press release:
Importantly our ability to ship the spoil via the River Thames means we can alleviate congestion on the roads and reduce our impact on the environment.
What a pity then that those figures are dwarfed by AI’s new plans for Straitgate Farm.

There’s no press release from AI for the 107,000 HGV movements needed to haul 1.5 million tonnes, 23 miles by road to Uffculme. In fact, AI can’t even bring itself to put the number in its planning application.