Roadworks and maintenance during the coronavirus outbreak
Surrey County Council resuming essential roadwork programmes to help keep routes open and safe for key workers.
The safety of the public and staff is paramount and therefore wherever possible we would encourage people to work from home. However, council contractors have critical activities to undertake which can require staff to be out on the network, whilst abiding by the COVID-19 safe working practices.
Key repair, maintenance works will continue, alongside essential planned critical, major and capital projects to make sure that the road network remains safe. This is essential for those who still need to travel; key workers travelling to and from work, those who need to shop for basic necessities, people walking and cycling for exercise and those providing care for vulnerable people; as well as maintaining the integrity of the network. This is in line with the Department for Transport's challenge that essential roadworks should continue where it is safe to do so.
We are working with all our contractors and others that work on the highway to make sure that government hygiene and strict social distancing rules are applied on site, to protect both staff and the public.
Examples of the additional measures we have put in place and the ways in which we have modified our working practices can be found on our Roadworks changes during COVID-19 (PDF).
Councillor Matt Furniss, Cabinet Member for Highways, said:
"Our highways service has a vital role to play in making sure essential workers and deliveries can get around safely, which is why we're continuing with roadworks where it's safe for us to do so. We're prioritising schemes that keep the roads safe and prevent them deteriorating too much, and putting back works that we can't do safely at this time. Please be kind to our workers out on the roads at this difficult time. It's difficult for them too, but they do have an essential role to play in keeping our road network safe, making sure essential workers and deliveries can get through and preparing the county to get back to normal as quickly as possible when this is all over."
Information about our highway services and fault reporting is available as normal, but it make take longer than normal for us to respond to some types of report.