A construction company will be the first to use a new mapping technology developed in Canary Wharf designed to help protect the environment and cycilsts.
Contractor CWCL has teamed up with Wharf-based freight routing company PIE Mapping to develop alternative routes for HGVs involved in the construction of the Southbank Place development.
The contract award for the development comes days after the unveiling of Mayor of London Boris Johnson’s plans to force HGVs delivering materials to large building sites to follow specific routes in a bid to reduce the number of collisions with cyclists.
PIE’s product draws on the expertise and experience it gained creating the 2012 Olympic Games family journey planner and TfL freight journey planner apps.
It is hoped the technology will create routes that will place fewer HGVs on roads shared with bikes so they avoid each other during peak periods.
Testing and careful modelling of all left turns coming into London is currently underway, and the platform will impose time based restrictions on busy routes for HGVs.
These will be in place initially for the morning rush hour peak Monday to Friday. The software will guide and navigate HGV drivers differently based on the time of day.
CWCL managing director Cormac MacCrann said: “We are delighted to be the first London construction company to implement this technology on our Southbank Place project.
“It’s critical the construction industry rises to the dual challenges of reducing pollution and congestion, as well as protecting a wide range of road users, particularly cyclists.
“We are sure that our collaboration with PIE will help to improve safety for London cyclists and we would be delighted if other major contractors adopted this HGV routing system.”
PIE’s CEO Freddie Talberg said: “All road users benefit from efficient journey times and realised ETAs and we know drivers prefer to share the roads safely with cycling commuters.
“I hope our service goes part of the way to give safer routing.
“What we do need is for the industry to stand up and get involved to fully enable us to make our city smart. We have the technology and we need to work it so it can work effectively for all.”
The platform is being developed at the moment and CWCL will roll it out as the Southbank Place development gets underway.