Release Date: 06 May 2020
After receiving reassurances about new work practices from its contractors (Conways), Richmond Council is set to resume its highway maintenance and improvement schemes from Monday 11 May.
All highway maintenance and improvement schemes other than essential maintenance and emergency repairs were suspended by the Council in mid-March in response to the Coronavirus pandemic.
Since then, the Government has confirmed that all highway maintenance works are considered critical to the borough’s economic recovery and should continue.
Responding to Covid-19, the Council is currently preparing an Action Plan of measures to support walking, cycling and physical distancing in key locations across the borough. Further information regarding these proposals will follow shortly.
The existing programme of works that predated ‘lockdown’ will recommence in the next few weeks.
Initial works to recommence include:
Chair of the Transport and Air Quality Committee, at Richmond Council, Cllr Alexander Ehmann, said:
“Pausing our highway improvement works was the right decision at the time, as the safety of the construction staff and the public had to come first.
“We have had a thorough review and risk-assessment of how work can resume again and we have received detailed reassurances that our contractor, Conways, have stringent travel, safety and operating procedures in place that will allow these critical works to continue in a safe manner.
“With lower levels of traffic on our roads, we hope we can progress these various works without impacting too heavily on the travelling public.”
To allow the works to restart, new procedures have been put in place which are in line with updated guidance from Public Health England and the Construction Leadership Council.
As part of the increased safety and social distancing measures, new site operational procedures will be in place including consideration on travel too and front sites, daily briefings on social distancing, more PPE provided and additional welfare facilities for staff will be put in place for increased handwashing.
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Updated: 29 May 2020