Highways England reassures sector 'we will not be stopping'

02/11/2020
Dominic Browne

Highways England has issued a statement on the second national lockdown confirming that it will 'not be stopping any activities'.

As became routine during the first lockdown, Malcolm Dare, executive director, commercial and procurement at Highways England sent an email circular reassuring the sector of the Government-owned company's position.

He also thanked the sector 'for your continued work to date in keeping the strategic road network (SRN) operating through these difficult times'.

He said: 'Highways England will continue to operate in the C-19 compliant way that we have collectively evolved since March because the Prime Minister specifically stated that the construction industry should continue to work. We will not be stopping any activities and I would like all suppliers to support this approach in the same way that you supported Highways England at the start of the pandemic.

'Please remember that all activities must be in line with Construction Leadership Council Site Operating Procedures V6 and Government guidelines and it is essential that we do this in order to keep the SRN operating to support the country, the economy and to maintain cash flow to all tiers of the supply chain.'

He added that any questions should be sent to Corona.Information@highwaysengland.co.uk and any queries about media handling of Covid-19-related issues, or others, should be directed to the press office at pressoffice@highwaysengland.co.uk.

'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,' Mr Dare said.

'Once again thank you for your help and support in continuing to operate and deliver work on the SRN as we enter the second national lockdown. I look forward to continuing to work with your organisations over the coming weeks.'

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