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Public Realm Improvement

September 9, 2016

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In our quest to improve London’s public realm, CVU has completed three exciting and significant projects this year. The projects were at Mabley Green and Gillender Street on the A12 and on Trinity Road. Each of the sites presented its own challenges in terms of design and delivery which CVU and the Central TfL Highways Operations Team had to overcome. The projects were primarily delivered through the in-house teams with some assistance from specialist supply chain partners. As cities continue to expand globally Public Realm is such an important factor in the wellbeing of communities as well as travelling users of the highway network and London is no exception. Our population is expanding rapidly and our customers have told us that they want London to be a green, beautiful, and accessible.

 

“The public realm programme that CVU have developed in designing and implementing improvements to areas of the network that were tired and unsightly, has benefited both the highway user and neighbouring communities with a new and appealing street-scene and shows that small interventions can bring about a big change in how people feel about the TLRN, plus also all the environmental and ecological benefits the renewal and expansion of the green estate derives. It has been a tremendous effort by CVU to efficiently deliver this programme and illustrates the high level of collaboration between TfL and CVU in continuous improvement” – Alan Davidson, TfL Central Highways Operations Manager

 

CVU Apprentices Giving Back

August 24, 2016

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It was back to school for CVU this July, as 2 of our Apprentices were invited to Samuel Rhodes Secondary School, to deliver a careers presentation for the students. Samuel Rhodes – a Special Needs School located in the borough of Islington – provides an outstanding education for over one hundred pupils aged between 11 and 16, who have moderate learning difficulties.

CVU Apprentices, Gidel Essien, Business Administration Apprentice, and Charlie Morris, Highways Operative Apprentice, led the presentation which focused on the wide ranging opportunities, roles and careers available for young people within the construction industry. Gidel and Charlie also spoke to the students about their individual roles within CVU and the industry as a whole, as well as discussing the benefits they have experienced from participating in the apprentice programme offered by CVU. Gidel and Charlie really engaged with the young people and held an extensive Q&A session with the students who had lots of interesting questions for them.

‘‘I was very happy to share my experiences with the students and I enjoyed talking to them about the skills I have learnt whilst working at CVU on the apprenticeship programme. The Pupils seemed very interested in construction and what the industry has to offer – it would be great to see some of these students on work experience here at CVU.’’ Gidel Essien.

After our apprentices delivered their presentation, it was over to Heather Isidore – Training and Equalities Manager, who then led a mock interview session with the students. This session was designed to give the students a real taste of what it would be like to meet with potential employers and undergo a formal interview. All of the students really enjoyed this part of the day and all were eager to have a practice interview.

Overall the day was a huge a success, made more rewarding by the fact that the students were so happy to participate in the sessions – CVU look forward to working with these inspirational students again soon.

 

CVU go back to school

June 15, 2015

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It was back to school for CVU as they took part in Stoke Newington school’s year 10 speed careers day on Friday 12th June. People from different industries donated their time to share their knowledge about their chosen career paths. From musicians, to actors, park rangers and even staff from Google were all ready to discuss their careers with the students.

The way the event was set out was that each student had three minutes to sit and ask as many questions as they liked about what each person’s job involved. A lot of the students were attracted particularly to the tools CVU had to hand which included a slab lifter, petrol saw and CAT. This drew large numbers of them to speak to Joe Perry and Reece Brandon in particular who were dressed in full PPE and had pictures of the different vehicles that
could be driven within CVU.

The students seemed to enjoy the day and were never short of questions to ask. It was good to see them engage in such an event. Even if they had not thought about what career path they would choose in the future, it was important for them to see they had many options. It was a particularly nostalgic day For Joe Perry – an Operative for CVU who during his school years attended Stoke Newington School.

“I think events like this are a fantastic way to give kids an insight at an early age what different industries can offer. It is important for the students to be able to talk to us one to one on a level where they are interacting with professional adults who are not just their teachers or family members, especially if it helps choose a career path that is right for them. ” Joe Perry – Operative

The Speed career day was the second engagement CVU took part in this week. On Thursday 11th June we were invited to speak to students at LeSoCo (Lewisham and
Southwark College) who were about to Graduate from the London Highways Academy of Excellence. In attendance was Charlie Morris – current CVU Apprentice. Charlie spoke to the group about his experience as an Apprentice and how much he has enjoyed his time here at CVU. This impressed the group and many showed an interest in joining the
Apprenticeship programme CVU offer. Ben Moorat also attended the event and will be recruiting two people from this group as TM Apprentices.

“It is important to give the next generation the knowledge and understanding about the industry so that we can motivate and empower them to pursue a career in something they enjoy doing.” Ben Moorat – Traffic Management Manager

CVU’s first women ERU team

May 20, 2015

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Over 30,000 people took to the streets of London on Sunday 26th April to take part in the Virgin London Marathon. CVU assisted in setting out road closures, parking bay suspensions and had crews on site to provide emergency assistance as and where required. Of the crews were two notable members from CVU, Laurene Bobb-Semple and Tanya Moseley who were CVU’s first all-female ERU crew.

As TfL celebrate 100 years of women in transport, CVU wanted to show that women in our business are more than capable of doing any role. Both Tanya and Laurene undertook assessments and passed with flying colours. The pair were then given training and spent some time with our own operatives to gain some experience before providing a fantastic service ensuring the Virgin London marathon was a
successful event, from a support point of view.

“CVU strongly support women in transport and engineering and these two ladies have done a fantastic job providing great service to the public, to the company and to themselves. They have shown that women, quite rightly so, have a prominent place in our business and industry that we must continue to encourage.” Dhiresh
Bhatt, CVU Network Manager.

Statistically women in engineering or industries alike are sparse. CVU, with TfL are lobbying to try and change this, to make local schools, communities and businesses aware of the roles that an industry like LoHAC can offer.

“TfL promote women in transport and on the 100 year mark of this, alongside our CVU colleagues, we have demonstrated that barriers should and will be broken down and in this instance we can thank Tanya, Laurene and other CVU staff for providing great assistance to ensure the smooth running of the London Marathon.” Stewart Wilson, Senior Route Manager, TfL.

CVU bridge the gap on recycling

May 18, 2015

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With the Houses of Parliament a stone’s throw away, Lambeth Bridge is one of the most
historic Bridges within the Central London area. CVU were asked to renew both pedestrian
footpaths on the bridge. Working closely with English Heritage and conservation officers
both representing Lambeth and Westminster council respectively.

CVU commenced footway improvement works on the upstream side of the bridge working from the north side of the bridge to the south. These works are undertaken in two phases.

“With Lambeth Bridge being in close proximity to the Houses of Parliament, Environment Agency as well as MI5 we needed to manage traffic disruption versus pedestrians. So we liaised with the LSTCC, City of Westminster, London Borough of Lambeth and the metropolitan traffic police to insure traffic wasn’t affected while works were on-going,” said Kareem Hanson, Project Manager, CVU.

The upstream side of the footway had many slabs that were severely broken and worn
and these slabs needed to be replaced. CVU ensured that the existing Revin York stones
that were not damaged were retained to be reused on the downstream footpath. CVU have managed to carefully take up around 60% of the existing York stone to be reused on the downstream footpath to insure the bridge kept its original features.

For safety reasons CVU closed the upstream footpath while works were on-going making all pedestrians use the downstream footpath. Every effort was made to ensure that the safety of pedestrians in this location is priority at all times.

Bravery at its finest

May 18, 2015

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London is a very busy place with a lot of things happening all at the same time, and some things can sometimes go unnoticed; but not all things.

A few weeks ago, a few members of the CVU team with TfL attended a site meeting along
Pentonville Road by Angel Mews. Whilst there, the group noticed two ladies had pulled their car over and it had started smoking. On moving closer to the vehicle the group noticed that it had actually caught fire.

While Firaz Miraz TfL, ran over to the car to tell the ladies it’s not safe and to get out of the vehicle, Danny Morris from CVU moved into action straight away. Danny ran into the nearby shops asking for fire extinguishers and ran to the aid of the women and started putting the fire out. This took him several minutes and while more local shop owners brought out their extinguishers, Danny continued to put the fire out on his own.

“I feel like his bravery should be known, as no one else wanted to go near the car and I believe he provided a great service today,” said Tracey Smith Regional Planner TfL.

“Lena and I, with TfL was just taking part in the usual site visit, when we all noticed this car was smoking. I don’t know what came over me but I knew I just had to help. I knew there were a few local shops nearby so I just ran to get some form of help as the car looked so unsafe. I am just happy I could help and that no one was hurt.” Danny Morris, Project Manager CVU.

Lights! Camera! Action!

May 5, 2015

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Closing a road is a big task; closing a tunnel is even bigger one! CVU was recently asked to help create a live exercise scenario within the Upper Thames Street Tunnel, to allow the emergency services, City of London and TfL to carry out their responsibilities in a controlled environment.

TfL’s overall aim of the activity was a system check on working procedures between all parties involved, that the tunnel facilities were fully capable of supporting emergency service response to an incident, as well as effective traffic management solutions.

The exercise was called Gallium and it was arranged for there to be two staged accidents, with real actors playing the part of the injured victims. Everyone involved wanted it to be as real to life as possible so they staged an incident of a motor cyclist weaving dangerously through the traffic, resulting in two cars crashing to move out of its way. Further down the tunnel to the cyclists dismay, crashed into a car causing another accident. Emergency services where there on site within minutes and managed to secure the scene as well as use this exercise to practice with new car cutting equipment.

On the day of the event CVU were engaged to provide the logistics and site set up for Gallium to be carried out, which included design drawings for TM, site setup and access control, closing both East and West bores of the Upper Thames St Tunnel, and of course hot refreshments for all involved. With involvement of film crews, London Fire Bridge
and the City of London Police it was a very eventful night.

“The night was a great success! It was pleasing to see CVU being asked to organise such an interesting exercise. Everyone was so professional and it was a good opportunity to see the LFB in action! I did feel for the actors, getting cut out of a car must have been scary!” David Hazelton, Tunnels and Structures Maintenance Manager, CVU.

Beep! Beep! CVU upgrades fleet!

April 24, 2015

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Over the last few weeks, CVU have acquired a new Euro VI fleet. At present we have replaced four ERUs (Emergency Response Units), plus upgrading to the Euro VI Standard.

To aid the gangs, the vehicles have all been fitted with internal racking to allow a safe place for everyday items being carried, as well as keeping the vehicles more tidy. CVU have also added a ‘key out system’ to allow the driver to be able to remove the keys and lock the vehicle whilst leaving the engine running. This allows the vehicle to continue to use its beacons, whilst ensuring the vehicle is secure, which is useful for the ERU gangs when dealing with responses at night.

These vehicles also have LED beacons on the roof and on the rear and front grille, this means less drain on the battery and not having to constantly change bulbs. LED lighting also provides a more visible illumination during the day. One major addition to the new ERUs is that each one has been fitted with a light arrow board to help ensure road users are aware in advance of any incidents and direct them to the next lane well in advance of the incident.

“The introduction of the new vehicles shows our commitment to having a green fleet whilst also looking to add safety and awareness features to the vehicles, especially on the ERU vehicle with the matrix board on the back to give even greater advanced warning to oncoming traffic.” Dhiresh Bhatt, Network Manager CVU.

It’s been an egg-citing week!

April 8, 2015

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The Easter break can be a time to spend with loved ones, celebrate religious festivities and
of course indulge in all the wonderful chocolate that surrounds this holiday season.

Not everyone is so lucky to be able to spend this time at home with their families. So to create a little cheer for those that can’t, Val Saunders, Permitting Officer for CVU, decided to start a collection of Easter eggs for children at the Richard House Children’s Hospice to ensure that everyone, including their siblings, could share in the Easter egg-citement.
Over the last two weeks, CVU staff have been busily collecting an egg-strordinary 160 Easter eggs which were delivered to the children by our Emergency Response Unit on Thursday morning. The charity and children were delighted with the egg-cellent donation from CVU.

“The donation of so many Easter eggs by CVU to our hospice is incredibly thoughtful. It is wonderful to have such support from the local community. We have a lot of families coming in over the Easter holidays, especially for family support activities and I know the eggs will bring smiles to children’s and families’ faces.” Tracie Dempster, Director of Family and Care Services, Richard House.

“Val’s kind thoughts and enthusiasm have ensured a number of children who will not be at home this Easter will be able to share in the joy that Easter brings, and get very messy with some chocolate too!” Matt Wilson, Network Manager, CVU

CVU will work closely with Richard House on future engagement opportunities as well as
other charities in the community.

Explosive start to the week….well almost!

March 24, 2015

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An unexploded World War II bomb was found at a building site in Bermondsey, London yesterday causing chaos on London’s road network.

CVU were contacted to carry out traffic management duties to help ensure safety and ease traffic congestion. With London’s Tower Bridge closed to traffic, and the Metropolitan Police putting in place a 400 metre exclusion zone, closing some of London’s busiest road, this was no easy task. Upon receiving the call from the LSTCC at 10:26 yesterday CVU deployed a TM crew immediately to site to reinforce police closures that were already in place.

The initial closure involved closing off Tower Bridge and Tower Bridge Road from the junction of East Smithfield to Bricklayers Arms Roundabout. The wider closure also involved closing off the southern junctions on Jamaica Road to stop traffic entering the exclusion zone.

“Due to the nature of the incident the CVU network control room acted quickly to deploy further resources to assist the emergency services in diverting traffic and securing the scene. Ben Moorat and Piotr Krawczynski liaised with the police to manage the area and what closures were going to put in place, with support from Claire Galakhina at the Network control room. This was a fantastic effort from all those involved.” Dhiresh Bhatt, Network Control Manager, CVU

This activity caused widespread traffic in London where CVU with TfL carried out everything possible to utilise traffic contingency plans to assist traffic flows. Two local schools were also shut, as well as hundreds of people evacuated from flats close to the scene.

Bermondsey was one of the most heavily bombed areas of Britain during World War II, targeted because of its industry, proximity to London docklands and mail railway supply lines. It is thought that the explosive is around 5ft long and 1,000lb in weight. CVU are continuing to manage local traffic, as the bid continues to make the explosive and surrounding areas safe.

“Events such as these thankfully don’t happen often but highlight the varied and interesting challenges we face in Central London. I’m proud that CVU have been able to respond quickly to help manage public safety and minimise resultant disruption to the travelling public.” Kunle Kolaru, Managing Director, CVU.

Boris breaks ground to begin Cycle Superhighway

March 12, 2015

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CVU welcomed the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson to start the site of the North-South Cycle Superhighway. Rob Simmons, Project Manager Major Schemes, CVU, took the opportunity to explain to the Mayor, what CVU will be carrying out for this high profile route.

In LoHAC PPE, Mr Johnson was at the controls of a JCB at St George’s Circus at the beginning of the scheme, which kicked started the whole project.

“It was a great opportunity to meet the Mayor and for him to see the work CVU will be carrying out. This job is in such a high profile location and the next few months will be challenging but it is a great project to be a part of,” said Chris Constantinou, Project Manager CVU.

The North-South superhighway linking Elephant and Castle and King’s Cross is due to open next April, with its southern section finished by the end of the year. The North-South superhighway will have the capacity for 3,000 cyclists an hour. At present, cyclists travel along the route every two seconds.

CVU host Supplier Day

March 5, 2015

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Wednesday 4th March saw CVU host a Supply Chain Event held at the London Transport Museum. The day started with an introduction from Kunle Kolaru, Managing Director CVU, about how the contract is faring and an overall of where CVU is heading in the future. Russell Lawrence, Supply chain Manager, continued with proceedings and raised vital topics such as why we need to work more efficiently with our supply chain and what we look for in a supply. Working closer with our supply chain will not just benefit CVU but LoHAC too.

“This event was a great success and provided collaboration with our Supply Chain partners. Having a competent and integrated Supply Chain is critical to the success of this Contract. Events such as these give us the opportunity to reinforce this message, inform our suppliers of our future plans and gain supplier feedback to continue to drive efficiency and innovation to deliver a first class service”, said Supply Chain Manager, Russell Lawrence.

Many people from across the business participated in the day, including, Rob Simmons PPD Schemes Manager, Emma Sampayo Communications Officer, Health and Safety Manager Jason Howard and Tunnels and Structures Manger Barry Warner. CVU emphasised the importance of ED& I as well as being one brand; LoHAC.

“We found the event, areas and topics covered really useful for gaining greater insight into the CVU operation and your role and challenges working within the LOHAC. The day was also an excellent opportunity for us to meet other suppliers during the break out session and also talk with the speakers and some senior management within CVU. It was very
positive day for us that can only help continue to improve our on-going working relationship,” said Peter Coffield, Director Sun Hill Surveying and Engineering Ltd.

CVU delights customer

February 12, 2015

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Trying to get home after a busy day at work, in the cold weather is hard for most, even more so when your mode of transport lets you down.

On the evening of Tuesday 17th February evening CVU received a call from TfL Customer Services explaining they had a distressed member of the public who had his key snapped in his bicycle lock whilst trying to get his cycle unchained.

The member of public was along Upper Richmond Road, so Dhiresh Bhatt, Network Control Room Manager called the CVU Emergency Response Unit, who was working in the area. The ERU team, Muzz Choudhury and Richard Thwaites managed to get the lock cut and the cyclist was able to cycle on his way throughout London to his destination. He expressed his gratitude and thanked the quick response to be able to carry out his journey.

“To be able to help the people of London is why we are working in this industry and on this contract. These little things can make people’s day and anything we can do to help, gives LoHAC a name that the people of London can trust and rely upon.” Dhiresh Bhatt, CVU Network Control Room Manager.

“This is the sort of small act of kindness that will delight our customers. The more we can do of this sort of thing, the more we can imbed LoHAC as a force for good within the community.” Alan Davidson, Highways Operations Manager TfL.

Customers are at the heart of what we do

February 9, 2015

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At the beginning of the year CVU implemented carriageway works along Tower Bridge Road. Tower Hill is a very prestigious location in the City as it hosts the historic Tower of London. Not only does Tower Bridge Road have many sites and attractions it is also a very busy location as it is a gateway into the city.

As with all schemes the residents and local business were notified of these works taking place in advance, but with all resurfacing programmes there is a higher volume of noise. Premier Inn was one business that was affected by the noise of the scheme.

Simon Ditton, CVU Surfacing Manager, liaised with Premier Inn, making sure that the noise was managed and that residents staying at the hotel were not disrupted.

“A surfacing supervisor and I called in to the hotel and sat down with the hotel manager to talk over the programme of works. We then revisted the hotel a few times over the period of the works to keep the manager updated so he could let the guests know what was taking place and at what times.” Simon Ditton CVU Surfacing Manager.

During the works all plant and lorries was parked away from the hotel to prevent any further noise disruption for the hotel and surrounding businesses. From when the scheme started the Premier Inn received 15 complaints on the first night because of the works, even though they had prior knowledge, however, as CVU liaised with the hotel and put in place extra noise restricting procedures the complaints fell down to only three.

“As with any resurfacing scheme there will always be an element of noisy works and this sometimes proves difficult to manage due to the location of the works and sound travelling along high buildings. However, engaging with businesses are the key to keeping people satisfied. As long as they are notified and they know and understand what is taking place, I have found that they are happy for us to get the job done. After being at the job at Tower Hill the hotel manager was surprised how quickly the works were executed and praised us on this.” Simon Ditton, CVU Surfacing Manager.

CVU fulfils National Pothole day

January 16, 2015

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National Pothole day’ saw CVU locate and fix a total of 42 potholes. On Thursday 15th January CVU deployed an extra two gangs as well as additional emergency response crews to find and fix potholes on the Transport for London network.

Fixing potholes is an essential part of keeping the streets of London safe and running smoothly. As well as using ‘National Pothole day’ to focus on filling in small to medium size potholes, which can cause nuisance to residents, CVU also targeted larger works near the Elephant and Castle roundabout. One particular stretch of road on Kennington Lane contained eight potholes which were subsequently fixed.

“Small to medium potholes are one of the top five complaints our customers write in about, so it was good to see CVU using ‘National Pothole day’ to attend to over 40 defects across Central London in such a timely and effective manner.” Stewart Wilson, Senior Route Manager TfL.

Collaborating with our colleagues at TFL CVU managed to fix a substantial number of potholes within 24 hours. On average CVU completes 15 to 20 potholes a day so going forward CVU look to continue the current trend of efficiently repairing potholes in a reasonable timescale to minimise disruption to the network and to ensure it remains safe for members of the public to use.

“Every day around 24 million journeys are made across the London network, 80% of which are made by road. ‘National Pothole day’ gave CVU the opportunity to show customers that we share the same opinion that potholes are a hazard and it is something we will continue to focus on.” Dhiresh Bhatt, NCR Manager CVU.

Festive collaborative working

January 10, 2015

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Marylebone Road and Euston Road make up one of the busiest corridors into London. As such, a huge exercise was undertaken to program and plan works during the December festive period, which given the lower traffic volumes, caused less disruption, in comparison to undertaking these works outside this period.

TfL, CVU and many Utility Companies worked hand in hand to maximise works during this period as traffic was expected to be 25% lower than normal. Works started in earnest on the 26th December, which ranged from footway, horticulture and carriageway works. In total, 202 jobs were completed, with 193 of those being carried out by CVU.
These works have saved an estimated 20 weekends of severe disruption for the users of the A501 Euston Road and Marylebone Road.

“This was an outstanding achievement by CVU. Working closely with TfL, they delivered an enormous amount of work – some involving very significant capacity loss – without causing serious disruption to road users. A very good result indeed!” said, James Booth, WCaP Area Manager, TfL.

“The success of this collaborative working exercise has produced a huge benefit to the travelling public, our client (TfL), the utility companies and CVU. It has demonstrated that early planning, good effective communication and a pro-active approach by all parties, does reap its benefits. This is an excellent example of numerous entities coming together to achieve a common goal; to minimise disruption. A great achievement by all and one that should be shared across other areas of the network, where traffic volumes preclude the access to the network, due to high traffic volumes,” said Joe Figuerdo, Task Order Manager, CVU.

Collaboration at its best

August 16, 2014

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Friday 15 August saw CVU assist Thames Water after a water main burst on the Seven Sisters Road last week. The team were already aware of the water main burst and had mobilised the ERU crew before the call from LSTCC came in. This enabled CVU to give LSTCC total confidence that we were on top of the situation from the very first contact.
The first crew on site were able to close the roads and advise other CVU teams with what additional kit was required. At this point the second ERU crew was dispatched with the required kit to expand the closure from that set out by the Metropolitan Police. This enabled CVU to get a suitable diversion route set up and points of closure established at locations where HGV and buses were able to negotiate without the need to do
multipoint turns. At this time the effects of the water had severely damaged the crossing point and footway at the junction of Woodberry Grove so CVU organised 15 additional stacker barriers to be brought to site to close dangerous crossing points and damaged footways. As the road closure was put in place CVU and TfL discussed utilising this road closure to repair any defects ultimately minimising future disruption to the public.

Works started at just before 22:00 on Saturday night and once the patching was completed on the Sunday late afternoon a mechanical road sweeper was employed to give the whole site from end to end a sweep prior to the liners arrival. CVU also made sure that the whole section of carriageway had the lining refreshed, which only gave CVU
a window of three hours to complete this on Sunday night due to the need to get the site handed back to Thames water with enough time to clear and re-open the road well in advance of the Monday morning rush hour. At 23:32 on Sunday 17 August the road was handed over fully repaired and refreshed to Thames Water for their final phase of works, they later confirmed that the road was fully re-opened at 02:00.

“This was an exceptional demonstration of the strengths and qualities of CVU, its employees and its supply chain partners who all displayed a desire to overcome every obstacle on a Friday evening, into Saturday morning and across the weekend,” said a spokesperson from Thames Water.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday 15 August saw CVU assist Thames Water after a water main burst on the Seven Sisters Road last week. The team were already aware of the water main burst and had mobilised the ERU crew before the call from LSTCC came in. This enabled CVU to give LSTCC total confidence that we were on top of the situation from the very first contact.
The first crew on site were able to close the roads and advise other CVU teams with what additional kit was required. At this point the second ERU crew was dispatched with the required kit to expand the closure from that set out by the Metropolitan Police. This enabled CVU to get a suitable diversion route set up and points of closure established at locations where HGV and buses were able to negotiate without the need to do
multipoint turns.

At this time the effects of the water had severely damaged the crossing point and footway at the junction of Woodberry Grove so CVU organised 15 additional stacker barriers to be brought to site to close dangerous crossing points and damaged footways. As the road closure was put in place CVU and TfL discussed utilising this road closure to repair any defects ultimately minimising future disruption to the public.

Works started at just before 22:00 on Saturday night and once the patching was completed on the Sunday late afternoon a mechanical road sweeper was employed to give the whole site from end to end a sweep prior to the liners arrival. CVU also made sure that the whole section of carriageway had the lining refreshed, which only gave CVU
a window of three hours to complete this on Sunday night due to the need to get the site handed back to Thames water with enough time to clear and re-open the road well in advance of the Monday morning rush hour. At 23:32 on Sunday 17 August the road was handed over fully repaired and refreshed to Thames Water for their final phase of works, they later confirmed that the road was fully re-opened at 02:00.

“This was an exceptional demonstration of the strengths and qualities of CVU, its employees and its supply chain partners who all displayed a desire to overcome every obstacle on a Friday evening, into Saturday morning and across the weekend,” said a spokesperson from Thames Water.

CVU and the Edible Bus Stop

August 5, 2014

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CVU worked with The Edible Bus Stop TM Ltd, which is an organisation that transforms neglected urban public sites into design-led, community growing spaces. The aim is to produce gardens that promote harmonious meeting areas for people to come together for the good of the neighbourhood and to get to know each other. By gardening and enjoying these community growing spaces, conversation is encouraged, barriers are broken down and skills are shared.

In April 2014 the Edible Bus Stop TM Ltd wanted to create a new ‘Pocket Park’ in West Norwood, SE27. CVU have transformed what was a paved area with lots of bollards to prevent cars parking in the space, into a ‘green’ space with community planting areas and seating.

“As a CVU project manager it is always a pleasure to be part of a project that makes such a difference, in terms of transforming a previously unused space into a resource that the local community can ‘own’ and enjoy,” said Anne Sharp, Project Manager.

Throughout the build CVU have worked closely with Lambeth Council and the Edible Bus Stop to build the pocket park. CVU have been extremely flexible in their approach and have been able to adapt to various design changes as the works have progressed.

Paving the way for the future

July 15, 2014

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On Monday 7th July CVU welcomed six work placement students from La Retraite School all girl’s school in Lambeth. The six students were placed into seven departments in CVU, including design, core services, tunnels and structures, control room, admin, procurement and commercial. All six students got to experience what it is like to work in CVU and to understand the fundamental elements that create the roles; from design, planning and delivery.

The young ladies got a chance to meet the Senior Management team (SMT) which was a great opportunity for the students to hear about what the SMT carry out, but also for the SMT to understand how this opportunity can create a window into the field of engineering for these students.

During the week CVU held a “Meet the Team” event, with TfL hosting. This event is an internal monthly event where each department gets a chance to showcase their team and explain and talk about projects they are working on. The six students also got a chance to visit a site on the network; A10 Bishopsgate. Here they got to see the different side of engineering and the actual plans that they had been working on in design come to life.

“The girls were wonderful to work with, I hope this has given them a taste of working life and encouraged them to consider a future in Engineering… though we don’t have barbeques and Le Tour every week!” said Kunle Kolaru, Managing Director CVU.

Inspections Revolve Around London’s Cyclists

June 9, 2014

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With World Environment Day in full flow on Thursday 5th June, CVU’s Network Manager and Inspections Team headed out onto London’s roads for a different perspective than normal – the cyclists view of London.

Fully armed with Barclays Bikes and suitable outfits consisting of safety helmets and high visibility jackets, the CVU cyclists made their way around London starting from the south side of London Bridge. On their route they took in some of London’s most famous attractions such as The Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, The London Eye and of course, Palestra!

The main purpose of the day was to give the Safety Inspectors a greater understanding of how it feels to be a cyclist in London, how defects impact the cyclist and just how little room the vehicles and cyclists share. This will go on to assist the inspectors in the identification of defects on the TLRN.

As it was also World Environment Day, the CVU team used this opportunity to reinforce CVU’s commitment to the use of public transport in London.

“This was a fantastic experience for both me and the Inspections team. Getting the opportunity to see how a cyclist feels on the Network was invaluable and will certainly give greater focus on how we approach things in the future” said Matthew Wilson, Network Manager.