Published: Tuesday, 14th April 2020

Whilst many have been forced to work from home during the coronavirus pandemic, essential work out on Medway’s roads continues.

From pothole repairs to resurfacing works, Medway’s highway workers are key workers as they provide a safety-critical role to keeping our roads safe.

Health, safety and wellbeing of our staff is of the upmost importance

Leader of Medway Council, Cllr Alan Jarrett, said: “The health, safety and wellbeing of our staff is of the upmost importance to us and we will all continue to follow government advice during the coronavirus pandemic. We must continue to ensure that NHS workers, emergency services and essential workers are able to get to where they’re needed. 

“Our highways teams carry out a range of essential works including repairing potholes and road defects as well removing potential hazards from our roads to keep Medway moving.

“I would like to thank our highways teams and all key workers for their continued hard work during these unusual times.”

Working hard to keep road networks safe

VolkerHighways, Project Manager, Sohail Hussain commented: “Local highways maintenance teams across the country are working hard to keep our local road networks safe. Keeping our roads well maintained and safe during this unprecedentedly difficult period is essential. Our teams are facing the same uncertainties as everyone else and are working under extremely difficult conditions, following Public Health England and agreed construction industry safety guidelines and practising social distancing, and when this is not possible, with the appropriate personal protection measures in place. It is vital that our roads, verges and public rights of way are safe for use, and that our depots and supply chains remain open, both during lockdown and as we emerge from this difficult period.”

Works may include pothole repairs and resurfacing, cleaning drains, repairing streetlights and essential greenspaces works, such as grass cutting.

Staff at the council’s Joint Venture partner Medway Norse are continuing to work hard to ensure Medway’s green spaces remain open and safe for residents to use for their daily exercise. They are continuing to follow government advice and social distancing guidelines.   

Providing key services for Medway's residents

Justin Galliford, Chief Operating Officer, Norse  Commercial Services, said: “Our staff are continuing to provide key services for the residents of Medway.  Staff safety and wellbeing is a priority for us and our national Health and Safety team is supporting managers in Medway to ensure this happens.  We are extremely grateful to the continuing hard work and commitment of  our staff and would urge everyone to use Medway’s open spaces sensibly and safely.”

Utility companies are also continuing with their maintenance works to ensure the supply of water, power and communications. These too are essential works that need to continue.

Residents can still raise highway faults online but Medway Council is asking people not to approach highways staff whilst going about their work to respect social distancing.

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