Highways England: Safety first – continuing to deliver amid COVID-19 pandemic
As COVID-19 continues to be the focus of both national and international news, some sectors are already feeling the effects of the coronavirus – with share prices falling, restricted or cancelled travel arrangements and self-imposed social distancing to name just a few – as the world unites to combat this outbreak.
Across the nation, and indeed the world, we have seen major sporting events being postponed, restricted group gatherings and much talk of further measures to be taken to stop the spread of coronavirus COVID-19, which currently has over 170,000 confirmed cases.
For the highways sector, the Chancellors budget last week revealed a £27bn fund to be made available for the improvement of over 4,000 miles of roads, which the Chancellor told us “The government is tripling its investment in transport and infrastructure spending to the highest levels since 1955.”
“If the country needs it, we will build it.” was another resounding soundbite to come from the Chancellor, providing cause for a collective cheer across the industry.
With the funding allocated amidst the COVID-19 outbreak, it’s fair to say that companies within the highways sector could view the current climate as either the cloud, or the silver lining. Either way, we all know there’s work to be done, and the funding to support it.
With an unprecedented situation being experienced by all, HighwaysIndustry.Com today reached out to Highways England, responsible for operating, maintaining and improving England’s motorways and major A roads for an insight into how the government body responsible for our road network is operating throughout the current situation.
It seems its safety first and listen to the experts. Unless directed otherwise, it’s business as usual.
A Highways England spokesperson told us:
““Safety is our number one priority and we always apply the Government’s latest advice. We have well tested contingency plans and our on-road teams, control room staff, and the people who back them up are all working hard to maintain a safe road network.””
visit https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/highways-england for more information