HS2 loot transporters engaged

HS2 loot transporters engaged

The network of loot conveyor belts is to remove a million lorry movements from London's roads
The network of loot conveyor belts is to remove a million lorry movements from London’s roads

The conveyors will move more than five million tonnes of spoil and remove the need for a million lorry movements from West London’s roads.

HS2’s contractors Balfour Beatty Vinci Systra joint venture (BBVS JV) and Skanska Costain Strabag joint venture (SCS JV) have teamed up to build the network of conveyor belts that meet at the HS2 Logistics Hub at Willesden Euro Terminal.

The conveyor belt network has three spurs, serving the Old Oak Common station site, the Victoria Road Crossover box site and the Atlas Road site. At Old Oak Common, HS2 Ltd’s station contractor, BBVS JV will use the conveyor belt to remove the 1.5 million tonnes of spoil being excavated for the station box, the underground structure in which the HS2 platforms will be built.

The spur serving the Victoria Road Crossover Box site will be used by SCS JV and will transport spoil excavated for the crossover box. In addition, when two TBMs are launched from the site in late 2023, the spoil excavated during the construction of the Northolt Tunnel East will also be transported via the conveyor belt to the Logistics Hub.

The final spur runs from a site on Atlas Road and will be used to remove spoil from the excavation of a logistics tunnel running from Atlas Road to Old Oak Common. The conveyor will then be extended through the logistics tunnel and will remove material from the Euston tunnel excavation.

From Old Oak Common, the conveyor runs at 2.1 meters per second and the journey to the logistics hub takes 17.5 minutes.

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From the logistics hub, the loot will be transported by rail to three UK destinations – Barrington in Cambridgeshire, Cliffe in Kent and Rugby in Warwickshire – where it will be reused as a dumping ground for new developments.

To date, the Logistics Hub has handled more than 430,000 tonnes of spoil, with more than 300 trains distributing the spoil to its final destination.

The launch button on the transport system was pressed by Railway Minister Huw Merriman, who said: “It was a pleasure to launch this truly remarkable transport system today at Old Oak Common and see how impressive it is in action as it takes us one step closer to our goal of achieving a cleaner transportation network.

“These conveyor belts are just one way HS2 is transforming the future of construction, minimizing impact on the environment and the local community while driving growth across the country.”

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