2 Aug 12

EDF Energy invests in new system to minimise impact of Hinkley Point C traffic

EDF Energy is spending £3 million on a new, automated traffic management system to control deliveries to the Hinkley Point C site and reduce the impact of road freight traffic on local roads.

The new, web-based delivery management system will replace a paper-based manual system. It will integrate with Automatic Number Plate Recognition cameras which will be erected at strategic sites between the M5 and the Hinkley Point C site to track HGV movements and ensure that only designated freight routes are used. Other strict traffic controls will be put in place, including requiring hauliers to book a delivery slot to Hinkley Point C weeks in advance and ensuring HGV movements are limited during permitted hours.

The new high-tech solution has been developed to fulfil a planning condition for Site Preparations works at Hinkley Point C, but it is also planned to operate during the main construction phase, should consent be granted.

The new system will be introduced in phases from November this year.

Hinkley Point C Construction Director Nigel Cann said: "This customised, web-based traffic management solution will reduce the impact of HGVs on the local road network and improve operational efficiency. We recognise the concerns many people have about Hinkley Point C traffic during construction. Our whole transport strategy is therefore based on reducing the impact as much as possible by delivering as much material as possible by sea, investing in road improvements and carrying workers to and from site by bus. This investment is further evidence of progress on this important project and the steps being taken to minimise impacts on the local community."

Cllr David Hall, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Development, said: “We are delighted to have worked with EDF to help establish a system to monitor and control EDF’s construction traffic. We have always emphasised the importance of the highways and infrastructure issues, and this is a very major step towards making sure the transport impacts of the project are managed and mitigated effectively.”

Andrew Goodchild, Planning Manager at West Somerset Council, added: "We welcome the installation of the system which will allow colleagues to monitor traffic and ensure that any use of unauthorised routes is identified so the necessary action can be taken."