The current strategic road network maintained by Transport for London is currently split into four different regions. Each of these four regions represents an individual contract; termed the London Highways Alliance Contracts. In 2013, the 8 year contract for the central region of London was awarded to CVU and a joint venture company comprising of Colas, VolkerHighways and URS was formed.
The central area covers roads within Camden, City of London, Southwark, Tower Hamlets, Hackney, Lambeth, Wandsworth, Hammersmith & Fulham, Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea, Islington and Westminster.
By working in partnership Colas, VolkerHighways and URS all help to play a role, from maintenance to projects to value engineering. A wide range of intelligent solutions are applied to ensure the CVU work together to transform London's streets.
CVU have joined the London Tree Officers Association (LTOA) as associated members to show support for the ecological, recreational and environmental benefits that trees offer London. The LTOA constitutes the professional and technical voice for London's trees and woodlands, its aim is to enhance the management of the capital's trees.
As part of the LoHAC contract within central London, CVU are keen to work in partnership with TfL to ensure that the current population of trees are maintained to the highest standard. By being involved with the LTOA CVU believe that this will improve the standards and techniques of maintenance. Also CVU are keen to work closely with sub-contractors to ensure that any knowledge is passed onto them which will help improve the maintenance of trees within London.
Further to this CVU are keen to incorporate any learning points that evolve from the association into any scheme designs.
Giving back to the community of Wandsworth
CVU have been working on a project to improve cyclist safety, to de-clutter the pavements and to slow traffic. Involved in this project is the removal of pedestrian guard-rails from the streets.
Notices are erected around the area to let the public know the railings are going to be removed. If people have bikes attached to these railings they are notified to remove them or they will be taken away.
Luckily for the local organisation Shaftesbury Young People, some people do leave their bikes on these railings and therefore CVU take them back to their depots. The bikes are then kept for 28 days in case the owner wants to collect them. After the 28 days period has passed a member of the charity comes to collect these bikes.
So far we have donated 15 bikes to the charity with many more still coming in from the network.
Some of the bikes have seen better days but that doesn't matter to the charity as they are a 'fix them up' project. Local young people get the opportunity to keep the bike they are working on after a six week programme and have completed a cycle training course.
The Shaftesbury Young People organisation provides robust advocacy and intensive support for young people in need between the ages of eight and twenty five years old. Their service users are some of the most vulnerable, most at risk and most disadvantaged young people in our society.
1 year anniversary
1st April 2014 marked exactly one year since CVU was set up to work with Transpot for London (TfL). The contract is in place for 8 years to maintain and improve central London streets.
Manhole repairs between Shoreditch High Street and Commercial Street
CVU identified two dangerous manholes during a site inspection at the busy junction of Shoreditch High Street and Commercial Street.
As it was a Section 81 defect, CVU assisted in trying to identify the assets owner, but with nobody accepting ownership CVU stepped up to carry out emergency permanent repairs to avoid disruption on a major bus route. CVU had already carried out a temporary repair a few days earlier to keep the traffic moving, but there were concerns about how long this would last.
CVU developed an emergency plan to close Commercial Street and after consultation with the LSTCC and CentreComm, diverted a number of resources to ensure that a swift and permanent repair was carried out.
After six hours of intense works, CVU had repaired the damage to the chamber structures and installed two new frames and covers. All gangs and equipment were off site shortly after 04:00am meaning that the road was returned in a safe condition to the network users before the morning rush hour.
The A12 by the junction of Abbott Road was closed due to a vehicle incident. The incident was called in by the LSTCC to CVU and our operatives arrived on site shortly afterwards to find a vehicle wedged into a large void with water pouring out of it.
CVU reported this immediately back to LSTCC and to Thames Water who then instructed us to implement a lane closure to avoid other vehicles from going into the void.
Traffic Management crews then assisted in closing the road and putting up diversion signs for several days as Thames Water looked to repair the burst water main in lanes one and two. This no doubt caused severe disruption during the run up to Christmas. However CVU's quick action reduced the potential number of incidents that could have occurred. The road was re-opened mid-afternoon on Christmas Eve after Thames Water were happy the road surface was ready.
Westminster Bridge lane closure on Remembrance Sunday
On Sunday 10th November the CVU worked with the Met Police and TfL to close a lane westbound on Westminster Bridge.
The bridge had to be closed to segregate a lane of traffic to provide support for Remembrance Sunday's free taxi service enabling a quick and safe route through the city for ex- service men.
CVU carried out a lane closure for TfL to provide a free taxi service to transport Veterans from Westminster Bridge to various Veterans' clubs around London after their Remembrance Sunday march.
Pressure was on CVU as TV crews were in the surrounding area and the crowd of pedestrians were gathering nearby to pay their respect on this day.
As a gesture of good will CVU provided all Labour and Plant free of charge for these works.
Over three weekends in August, the busy A10 Bishopsgate was closed northbound, near London Liverpool Street station due to planned works.
Keeping the disruption to a minimum for the public was key on the agenda across the three weekends, especially on the Bank Holiday Weekend as one of London's biggest summer events, the Notting Hill Carnival, took place bringing more than one million people to the Nation's capital.
Mobile VMS units were sited strategically to give advance warning to road users outside the surrounding areas.
Over this period CVU, carried out large-scale maintenance works including resurfacing long sections of carriageway, drainage work and re-lining. With eleven organisations working as one team, it meant the job was completed sooner than expected.
The closures were carefully co-ordinated to avoid confilcts with other major work in the area, including Crossrail. The Network Performance team provided bespoke Split Cycle Offset Optimisation Technique (SCOOT) strategies for the London Street Traffic Control Centre (LSTCC) to enable them to manage traffic as effectively as possible in the area around the closures and to assist the diversion route over the three weekends.
From 26 July through to 28 October CVU are working with the Transport for London at one of London's busiest junctions.
Bank junction is used by over 25,000 people every day and is an iconic point in the heart of the City. Housing transport links such as the Central line, DLR and Northern line and with the famous St Paul's Cathedral a stone's throw away.
The works are being modernised with the existing traffic signal infrastructure being replaced. Other works include; changing footway ducting, footway chambers and all traffic poles and controllers.
However, the bustling of the junction is not the only challenge CVU have to face. As the junction is on top of the central line, it has a shallow infrastructure, therefore 300mm is the maximum depth allowed to dig without affecting the below ground structures.
Due to the shallow depth, the implication was that all work on site has to be carried out by hand. CVU have employed over 20 operatives who have been working shifts to get the job done in time for the Lord Mayor's show, due to take place on 9 November.