Boris Johnson pledges rethink on Crossrail lorry routes

London Mayor Boris Johnson has promised to “look again” at options to transport Crossrail tunnel segments after schoolchildren, residents and councillors gathered in protest on Harrow Road on Monday.

Some 30,000 heavy goods lorries are due to travel down the road over the next 14 months to transport thousands of tonnes of Crossrail tunnel segments to its Westbourne Park depot.

It is estimated up to 70 large articulated lorries a day will travel down the road and turn right into Great Western Road – a turn prohibited to all vehicles other than buses.

Mr Johnson said: “I undertake to your readers to look at the logistics again and see what we can do to re-route the lorries. We want to take the ‘cross’ out of Crossrail.”

Queen’s Park resident Susanna Rustin crosses Harrow Road every day with her daughters on the way to school.

She said: “I am really anxious. I don’t think schools, residents and businesses have any idea what is about to hit them.”

Transporting tunnel sections on barges on the Grand Union Canal had been suggested as an alternative. But Crossrail has said there is insufficient headroom under the Westway flyover, where the canal joins the depot, to use barges without closing the towpath for up to six hours a day.