First Week Bulletin.
Week one at CONWAY AECOM has been busy, exciting and above all, successful. The week started with an official visit from the Roads and LoHAC team, who were shown around the North Action depot. Dana Skelley, Director of Roads was particularly interested in the new Canter Eco Hybrid 7.5 tonne vehicles and John Blower, LoHAC Partnership Manager was impressed by our depot and fleet provision.
The first two days of the contract saw the arrival of 170 new employees, most of whom were TUPE’d across from Amey and were either welcomed into the Joint Venture or its parent companies, FM Conway and AECOM. The majority of these new employees (operatives) had received their inductions, PPE and mobile working tablets prior to the start of the contract however 70 office staff were inducted and received iPhones and laptops on day two.
Day two presented a serious road traffic accident on the North Circular and a collaborative approach between CONWAY AECOM and TfL minimised disruption to road users and the road was fully opened in time for morning rush hour, 27 hours earlier than the police expected it to be.
Diesel spills were the hot topic on days four and five. On Thursday two large diesel spills occurred at Staples Corner shortly after 17:00 which resulted in the closure of both lanes 2 and 3. The affected area was swept several times but TfL concluded that the surface material was not holding and the carriageway remained slippery. It was then agreed with LSTCC that a full closure would be implemented from 22:00 until 05:00 so that 2,000 sq meters of resurfacing could be undertaken.
Routine maintenance also occurred this week including winter maintenance, call outs and a large cleaning project at Hammersmith Flyover. The structures, cleansing and civil teams took a collaborative approach to planning works utilising both the East and West bound closures. The teams also worked with the Hammersmith STIP team and assisted them in conducting a full topographical survey and taking core samples of the structure, information which is vital for the planning of further STIP works to flyover.
John Holliday, Contract Manager said: “I am delighted with how our first week has gone, it has been fabulous to see the spirit and excitement of our new workforce and how people are keen to embrace the CONWAY AECOM culture. I would also like to personally thank those involved in the incidents mentioned above which we resolved in a safe and timely manner”.