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FM Conway invests in quieter and safer construction

     FM Conway invests in quieter and safer construction
FM Conway has taken delivery of six new construction tipper lorries, which incorporate a range of innovative features designed to reduce noise emissions during night time working.
As the majority of road resurfacing schemes in the capital are scheduled during the night, noise is always a key consideration. The new tipper fleet will help FM Conway to address these concerns.
Construction vehicles are currently banned from entering the capital at night and during the weekends under the terms of the London Lorry Control Scheme (LLCS). Introduced in 1986, the LLCS is intended to protect London’s residents from the disturbance caused by Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) entering the capital.
The new tippers feature a fully insulated body with additional internal body liners which provide greatly improved noise reduction over traditional alternatives, particularly when the tipper is empty. Body locks have been incorporated to further reduce the noise caused by bouncing and rattling during transit while the lorry is empty. A rubber sealed split tailboard has also been incorporated to reduce noise during the delivery of materials.
The vehicles have also been fitted with white sound reversing alarms, which have been approved by the Noise Abatement Society and which offer a targeted warning to operatives and pedestrians in the vicinity of the vehicle, without creating a more wide-spread disturbance.
Gloria Elliott CE Noise Abatement Society added: "FM Conway has shown that it is possible to significantly reduce the noise of heavy plant and machinery to minimise disturbance to the public. The large investment that this company has made into these noise mitigating and safety measures, with an emphasis on driver training, is a great example to the rest of the industry. The NAS commends the high standards being set by FM Conway."
To ensure the effectiveness of the new vehicles, all FM Conway’s drivers are required to attend compulsory considerate noise awareness training.
Peter Parle, Transport Manager for FM Conway, said: "An unfortunate consequence of complying with the London Lorry Control Scheme is that our drivers must follow long distance diversionary routes. This results in HGVs regularly doubling or trebling the time they spend on the road, which increases the CO2 emissions of our activities.
"With these changes to our fleet we can now meet the needs of resurfacing London’s roads at night with the safest and quietest vehicles in the industry. Thanks to our noise reduction initiatives, FM Conway has already received special dispensations from London Lorry Control for several schemes, reducing the distance to our work sites and limiting our CO2 emissions."
The Mayor of London recently tasked Transport for London with reducing CO2 emissions to 60% below 1990 figures by 2025. As a consequence of reducing the noise emissions of its tipper fleet, FM Conway is hoping that amendments to the LLCS legislation will enable the company to enter London by more direct routes, yielding significant savings in carbon emissions and keeping noise disturbance to a minimum.
A further unintended outcome of the LLCS is that the ban requires HGVs to enter London after 7am, which coincides with the start of rush hour. By limiting access to the capital in this way the LLCS forces construction vehicles to share busy roads with other users. Peter continued: "Working with the Noise Abatement Society and the Freight Transport Association, FM Conway’s new tipper fleet has been designed with many new vehicle safety and noise reducing features."
As well as the six new tipper vehicles, FM Conway has also taken delivery of 21 new HGVs which have been designed with a range of features which are intended to improve safety for road users. Safety adaptations are already being fitted retrospectively to older vehicles.
The new safety features which have been installed include:
• Seven side sensors which surround each vehicle to detect objects within 0.8 metres and track their location and proximity to the vehicle.
• A near-side blind spot camera, which allows the driver to view real-time images of blind spots on the left-hand side of the truck.
• A reversing camera which covers the blind spot at the rear of the vehicle.
• Side-guard rails which reduce the potential for pedestrians or cyclists to be dragged under the vehicle’s back wheels when HGVs turn left. • An audible ‘vehicle turning left’ warning to pedestrians and cyclists.
• High visibility warning signs.
• Reflective markings and strobe beacons at the rear of the vehicle.
• All drivers also complete rigorous compulsory training courses relating to vulnerable road users.
The new adaptations far exceed the statutory requirements currently in place for the construction industry, and FM Conway hopes that many of the noise reduction and safety improvements will soon become best practice for the industry.