New road at Peterborough quarry to improve worker safety and reduce A47 traffic

Plans have been submitted for a new road at Pode Hole Quarry in Thorney to improve the safety of workers and reduce traffic on the A47.

By Joel Lamy
Sunday, 4th April 2021, 6:30 pm

Aggregate Industries has applied for permission to widen the internal haul road as it carries out mineral extraction.

Plans submitted to Peterborough City Council state: “This application seeks to widen the internal haul road between the access from the A47 and concrete batching plant.

“The company are striving to reduce accidents and incidents on site. It has been identified that a significant number of near miss hazard or loss time injuries are connected or caused from personnel interacting with vehicles and movement of vehicles.”

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Pode Hole Quarry. Photo: Google

The application adds: “It has been identified that the internal haul road between the A47 access into the site travelling towards the concrete batching plant, aggregate processing plant and extraction area does not adequately support the movement of vehicles along the haul road.”

At the moment there is a single lane between the entrance off the A47 and the site itself.

The company said: “The introduction of restoration vehicles places additional burden on the inbound infrastructure and could contribute to vehicles queuing into the site which could impact on vehicles turning off the A47.”

It is for this reason it is seeking to widen the lane, with works taking place for 12 weeks during the quarry’s permitted operating hours.

Aggregate Industries added: “The proposed widened haul road will only be used for the duration of mineral extraction and associated restoration. Upon completion of mineral extraction and restoration the haul road will be restored.

“The additional area sought is small in size and scale and should not have a detrimental impact on the surrounding environment or sensitive receptors. The proposed haul road widening will improve on site infrastructure and provide a safe working area for the implementation of permitted sand and gravel extraction and inert restoration.”