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Gritting Decision - Monday 18th January 2021 - No Action

Coronavirus Emergency: East Sussex Highways Update

Following government guidance on the coronavirus emergency and in order to keep our workforce and the public safe, East Sussex Highways has adjusted its activities, plans, and how we carry out our services.

Our primary aim is to continue to work to keep roads in East Sussex safe, particularly for emergency services, key workers, and the distribution of essential supplies. We are continuing with most repair work, and are continuing to review our planned programme of more extensive improvements in the light of many unknowns including likely availability of workers, materials, equipment, and the need to maintain social distancing within the workforce. We are also working with utility companies and developers to see what changes need to be made if any. We are working strictly in accordance with the latest government and industry advice to ensure our workers and the public remain safe, including; planning works to minimise contact between workers, workers are travelling to site alone, working at a safe distance from each other, regular hand washing and use of hand sanitiser, and use of enhanced cleaning procedures for vehicles and equipment.

At this point, existing roadworks will generally remain in place. We will continue to adhere to UK Government advice and if this changes, we will review our approach. This may mean that we move to repair of immediate dangers only. However, we are not yet at that point.

We apologise for any disruption but trust you understand the need for this action to be taken. Please be considerate of our workers carrying out these works during this difficult time; they have a critical role in keeping our network safe and ensuring easy passage for other essential workers.

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