A £25m project to rebuild Highbury Corner Bridge is underway. The bridge carries more than 25,000 vehicles a day over the railway lines by Highbury and Islington station. The project, for Transport for London is part of TfL’s plan to improve London's roads and public spaces. The Highbury Corner Bridge was built around 1850 and sits under the Highbury & Islington station building and forecourt. Due to its condition, the bridge cannot be repaired and needs to be completely replaced. The first phase involves the reconstruction of the bridge beneath the station forecourt . CSP were nominated as the pedestrian management contractor to support the rebuild and take great pride in the work being carried out to help minimise disruption and maintain a safe environment on the roads for both commuters and workers. This has been led by Ben Burrows with support from the wider team due to the daily shift work and is a testament to working together as a team to deliver a caring, safe and professional operation.
We continue to reward our staff with Golden Tickets for excellence in performance and the delivery of our three values: Caring, Safe and Professional. Simon Freedman awarded a ticket to Ismail Qawasneh at Alexandra Palace for excellent customer service and displaying our Caring value. Joe Markin awarded 2 Golden Tickets to Augustus Hewitt and Cecil Bendor for displaying both Safe and Professional values during a sudden closure of Highbury and Islington station due to an accident in the rush hour period. Excellent work guys and lets keep showcasing those values and keep the Golden Tickets coming.
The Boat Race (aka Cancer Reseach BNY Mellon & Newton Boat Race) was held on the 2nd April 2017. A sunny day attracted large crowds around the start line at Putney to watch 4 races. CSP provided CSAS and Chapter 8 staff to provide dynamic road closures on Putney, Chiswick and Hammersmith Bridges during the race. We had autonomous decision making on the ground with our staff putting closures in place just prior to each of the 4 boat races approaching their bridge. The aim was to close the bridge temporarily to vehicles and allow spectators to watch the boat race and cross the bridge as the boats moved under, reopening once each boat race had cleared . This was supported by a control room operator who was a part of the main event emergency control room. The day was a complete success with bridge closures being implemented and removed seamlessly allowing for protection of spectators for the event and even unaffected by the UXB identified the night before !
We are delighted to welcome Lolly King to our Operations Team. Lolly has been appointed as the Operations Manager for Epsom Downs Racecourse and will be based at the racecourse delivering the full spectrum of CSP’s services. She has previously worked as an Operations Manager within premium health clubs so will ensure that high standards and service are maintained at the venue. Lolly is the proud owner of a horse and has previously been a professional Showjumper, so is delighted to utilise her skills in an equine environment.
The ACPO CSAS inspector visits CSAS providers every three years to re-assess and approve continuation of accredited status as a CSAS provider. The inspector was very impressed with our approach to our CSAS operations, particularly our approach to mentoring new CSAS staff; whereby we assess 12 characteristics of competence over 5 CSAS shifts, recording this assessment on a development card; all before a new CSAS staff member can be fully signed off. This procedure was singled out as good practice and one he would use as an example to other CSAS operators across the UK during his inspections.