Hall Fuels, the national fuel distributor based in both East and
West London, is currently fuelling several sites on the Crossrail
project. As the project moves into the peak of construction,
UK Construction Magazine (UKC) caught up with
Lynn Devos (LD), Commercial Manager and
Andy Liddle (AL), Operations
Manager to get an insight into Hall Fuels' work on Crossrail.
UKC: Tell us about how Hall Fuels is fuelling the
LD: As the only oil distributor in the UK whose
portfolio of customers is purely commercial, Hall Fuels has a
long-established reputation for delivering consistent, high quality
service to the British construction and civil engineering
industry's major players. Through our Key Accounts and our
established supply chain we've been delivering a range of
commercial fuels and lubricants at numerous worksites on the
Crossrail project since 2010. To date, our vehicles have made some
3,000 deliveries, delivering approximately 4.5million litres of
fuel to contractors. We're currently making up to 10 deliveries a
day to Crossrail sites across London.
UKC: Why have so many contractors selected Hall Fuels as
their fuel supplier?
AL: Hall Fuels have supply agreements in place
with most of the companies working on Crossrail and for this
project in particular, our FORS (Freight Operator Recognition
Scheme) accreditation was certainly a major factor. TFL specify
that FORS accreditation is required in order to deliver to
Crossrail sites. However, our operations team weren't satisfied
with just achieving the minimum requirements, and instead set their
target to achieve the highest accreditation. We are now the only
FORS Gold-accredited oil distributor, which I think is testament to
our commitment to innovation, and operational best practice.
We're also proud to have been awarded ISO 9001:2008
certification for Internal Quality Management and ISO 14001:2004
for our Environmental Management Systems as well as OHAS 18001,
which further emphasizes our reputation for excellence, and for
supplying safe, secure and sustainable solutions, on time.
UKC: What major challenges has the Crossrail project
presented to you from an operational aspect?
AL: We've certainly been challenged to develop
our vehicle specifications to show our commitment to safety in
London. We have fitted proximity sensors to detect cyclists near to
our vehicles, audible warning alarms to alert vulnerable road users
when our vehicles are turning and also lenses to detect these
vulnerable road users in our vehicles' blind spots. We've also
advanced our drivers' training, enrolling them all on a safe
driving in urban areas course.
London's hosting of the 2012 Olympics Games also provided
challenges. The Games overlapped with a key construction period for
Crossrail, meaning that lorry holding areas had to be changed and
traffic plans revised to minimize disruption on the project. Our
drivers had to be continually briefed on the new traffic plans and
adhere to what were often very-specific times for deliveries during
For further information on Hall Fuels, please call 01784
Watson Petroleum has achieved 53rd place in the
latest Sunday Times BDO Top Track 100 league table of Britain's
private companies with the biggest sales.
Hall Fuels will be exhibiting at Plantworx 2013 at Stoneleigh
Park near Coventry. The event takes place between the
14th, 15th and 16th May and will
be the largest UK event for construction manufacturers and
suppliers. Hall Fuels will be there to discuss our dedicated
commercial fuel supply. Also on the stand with Hall Fuels will be
experts from Watson Lubricants, Watson Card Services and Tankscout
fuel monitoring. We look forward to meeting with existing and new
customers. Look for us at stand K36.