Lynch Plant Hire and Haulage have won the award for the Best Small Project (under £3 million) at the inaugural UK Rail Industry Awards, for the successful set up and operation of the Willesden Rail Hub.
The Rail Hub allows excavated material from construction projects across London to be transferred onto the railway and transported to suitable receiving locations. The Costain Skanska Joint Venture are utilising the Rail Hub to transfer material from the Crossrail Paddington Station Project to its destination at Wallasea Island in Essex. Wallasea Island will become a bird sanctuary when works are complete.
Lynch’s Merrill Lynch (centre) and Ray Cripps (left) with UKRIA award
The Rail Hub allows the Costain Skanska Joint Venture to eliminate 14,000 lorry journeys through Central London, helping to increase road safety for cyclists and pedestrians on the capital's streets. The Rail Hub also reduces the total distance travelled by lorries carrying excavated material from the Paddington project by 250,000 miles.
Operations Director Merrill Lynch who attended the presentation evening was thrilled and commented "we are delighted to win such a prestigious award whilst going up against giants such as a Network Rail and TFL. This award shows the continued hard work from the Lynch management team and the progress we have made in becoming a genuine player in the rail industry support services sector."
Sam Reed, engineer responsible for the excavation and propping of the station box at Paddington for the Costain Skanska Joint Venture, said, "Lynch have shown fantastic vision in setting up the rail hub at Willesden. They continue to deliver an excellent service which helps us to meet our construction program whilst minimising the impact of our project on the environment and the people of London. They thoroughly deserve the award".
This is the second major award Lynch have won in the past few months as their innovative video on ‘Excavator Exclusion Zones’ saw them pick up the respected ‘Skanska Supply Chain Health & Safety’ award. Since its release, the video has played an important role in contributing to the reduction of the number of reportable incidents and now plays an integral role in safety presentations at all Skanska civil sites.
Rob Lynch proudly shows off Lynch's award courtesy of Skanska