HS2 cuttings conveyors activated

HS2 cuttings conveyors activated

Spoil conveyor network is set to remove a million lorry movements from London's roads
Spoil conveyor network is set to remove a million lorry movements from London’s roads

The conveyors will move over five million tonnes of spoil and eliminate the need for a million truck movements on West London roads.

HS2 contractors, Balfour Beatty Vinci Systra joint venture (BBVS JV) and Skanska Costain Strabag joint venture (SCS JV), have worked together to build the network of conveyors which meet at the HS2 Logistics Hub at Willesden Euro Terminal.

The conveyor system has three branches, serving the Old Oak Common station site, the Victoria Road junction box site and the Atlas Road site. At Old Oak Common, station contractor HS2 Ltd, BBVS JV will use the conveyor to remove the 1.5 million tonnes of spoil that is being excavated for the station box, the underground structure in which the HS2 platforms will be built.

The spur serving the Victoria Road junction box site will be used by SCS JV and will transport the excavated material for the junction box. Additionally, spoil excavated during the construction of the Northolt Tunnel East when two tunnel boring machines were launched from the site in late 2023 will also be transported to the logistics hub via the conveyor.

The final spur starts 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 remove material from the Euston Tunnel excavation.

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

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From the logistics centre, the spoil is transported by rail to three destinations across the UK – Barrington in Cambridgeshire, Cliffe in Kent and Rugby in Warwickshire – where it will be reused as landfill for new developments .

To date, the logistics hub has handled over 430,000 tonnes of spoil, with over 300 trains distributing the spoil to its final destination.

Railway Minister Huw Merriman pressed the start button on the conveyor system, who said: “It was a pleasure to launch this truly remarkable conveyor system today at Old Oak Common and to see how he is impressive in action, because he takes us one step further. closer to our goal of providing a cleaner transportation network.

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

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