Suffolk Highways COVID-19 statement

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Keeping Suffolk’s highway network safe and moving is our top priority at this most challenging time.

Suffolk County Council and our contractor, Kier, are working together with our suppliers and sub-contractors as one team to ensure Suffolk’s roads can continue to be maintained and accessible; whilst keeping our workforce and members of the public safe from the threat of COVID-19.

Our service is critical to ensuring safe travel for our emergency and health services, and for those carrying out essential tasks. I want to reassure residents that we, as a highways authority, are taking the Government’s advice very seriously and working hard to continue delivering our services for you.

To enable us to do this effectively, we must keep our colleagues safe and healthy by ensuring they follow the two-metre social distancing rule, clean down equipment more frequently and regularly clean hands. These are amongst a range of precautions we are following for the benefit of our staff and the travelling public.

Unfortunately we have had incidents where our colleagues have had people approach them and not keep a safe two-metre distance. I must ask, that if you spot any of our teams inspecting, or working out on the highway, for your safety and theirs please keep your distance to allow them to do their work safely.

Thank you to the dedicated teams of people who are working around the clock to keep this county moving. What you are doing in these unprecedented times is remarkable. I also thank residents for your patience, it is very much appreciated.

Councillor Andrew Reid
Suffolk County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways, Transport and Rural Affairs