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Fuelling the Crossrail project

Hall Fuels, the national fuel distributor based in both East and West London, is currently fuelling several sites on the Crossrail project. As the project moves into the peak of construction, UK Construction Magazine (UKC) caught up with Lynn Devos (LD), Commercial Manager and Andy Liddle (AL), Operations Manager to get an insight into Hall Fuels' work on Crossrail.

UKC: Tell us about how Hall Fuels is fuelling the Crossrail project.

LD: As the only oil distributor in the UK whose portfolio of customers is purely commercial, Hall Fuels has a long-established reputation for delivering consistent, high quality service to the British construction and civil engineering industry's major players. Through our Key Accounts and our established supply chain we've been delivering a range of commercial fuels and lubricants at numerous worksites on the Crossrail project since 2010. To date, our vehicles have made some 3,000 deliveries, delivering approximately 4.5million litres of fuel to contractors. We're currently making up to 10 deliveries a day to Crossrail sites across London.

UKC: Why have so many contractors selected Hall Fuels as their fuel supplier?

AL: Hall Fuels have supply agreements in place with most of the companies working on Crossrail and for this project in particular, our FORS (Freight Operator Recognition Scheme) accreditation was certainly a major factor. TFL specify that FORS accreditation is required in order to deliver to Crossrail sites. However, our operations team weren't satisfied with just achieving the minimum requirements, and instead set their target to achieve the highest accreditation. We are now the only FORS Gold-accredited oil distributor, which I think is testament to our commitment to innovation, and operational best practice.

We're also proud to have been awarded ISO 9001:2008 certification for Internal Quality Management and ISO 14001:2004 for our Environmental Management Systems as well as OHAS 18001, which further emphasizes our reputation for excellence, and for supplying safe, secure and sustainable solutions, on time.

UKC: What major challenges has the Crossrail project presented to you from an operational aspect?

AL: We've certainly been challenged to develop our vehicle specifications to show our commitment to safety in London. We have fitted proximity sensors to detect cyclists near to our vehicles, audible warning alarms to alert vulnerable road users when our vehicles are turning and also lenses to detect these vulnerable road users in our vehicles' blind spots. We've also advanced our drivers' training, enrolling them all on a safe driving in urban areas course.

London's hosting of the 2012 Olympics Games also provided challenges. The Games overlapped with a key construction period for Crossrail, meaning that lorry holding areas had to be changed and traffic plans revised to minimize disruption on the project. Our drivers had to be continually briefed on the new traffic plans and adhere to what were often very-specific times for deliveries during the Games.

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