Highways England latest update – Covid-19 22/5/20
The latest update from Malcolm Dare of Highways England is below:
“Following last week’s Engagement Council I am writing to update you on Highways England’s ongoing approach to the C-19 challenges. We are continuing to operate in a business as usual way, in line with PHE guidelines, to keep the Strategic Road Network (SRN) operating to support the country, the economy and to flow cash to all tiers of the supply chain.
I would like to highlight the following areas:
- Supply Chain Safety: In order to maintain our focus on safety, and as discussed at last week’s Engagement Council, we want everyone to get home safe and well, including anyone working on our roads, and that is why we’ve set the target for every supplier to halve their AFR over the next 12 months. Please ensure that you have plans to achieve this and that these plans also cover your lower tier suppliers in order to embed the required cultural, leadership and physical changes. Due to C-19 many suppliers are seeing improved safety performance, we must look to build on this and improve on where we are today.
- Supply Chain Safety Leadership Group – utility strikes: The Supply Chain Safety Leadership Group was formed to give focus to improving safety performance across the Highways England road network. It is responsible for raising the quality of conversations between Highways England and the entire supply chain to provide a unified voice of the sector, improving supply chain safety maturity through collaborative working, agreeing key priorities to deliver change at pace and reduce inefficiencies.
- A key area of focus in the current climate is utility strikes. These are happening far too frequently across the Highways England network. As an industry we must improve via the robust adoption of the hierarchy of controls in all of our decision-making and applying more stringent governance and approvals. This Supply Chain Safety Leadership Group have now launched the first ‘Common Intent’ document (what we must all do) for Utility Strike Avoidance, defining expectations for methods to be used to improve safety performance across the entire supply chain by adopting common standards. Please read the document and fully support this initiative – we all owe it to everyone to stop this happening.
- CLC Site Operation Procedures v4: Version 4 was published on 19 05 2020 on the CLC website. There are minimal changes and it has simply been updated to reflect latest government guidance. This is also available on the Highways England supplier web site.
As usual should you have any questions please use the Corona.Information@highwaysengland.co.uk e-mail address.
Please also keep us fully informed of any challenges that you believe could occur, or you are experiencing, so that we can ensure a coordinated Highways England and supply chain response. Please also continue to work with your normal points of contact within Highways England on a daily basis.
Once again thank you for your help and support in continuing to operate and deliver work on the SRN. I look forward to continuing to work with your organisations over the coming weeks.