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Coronavirus: Key workers keeping North Yorkshire roads safe

Coronavirus: Key workers keeping North Yorkshire roads safe

Published by The Stray FM News Team at 3:11pm 26th March 2020. (Updated at 3:13pm 26th March 2020)

Highways workers in North Yorkshire are helping keep the roads safe for essential services.

  • Highways contractors are still at work maintaining roads across North Yorkshire. 
  • Workers are practicing social distancing to protect themselves.  
  • North Yorkshire County Council says the work will keep the road network safe to use for key workers. 

North Yorkshire County Council and its highways contractors, including its main contractor Ringway, are still carrying out maintenance during the pandemic.  

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County Councillor Don Mackenzie, Executive Member for Access, said:

“This is vital work. It is our duty to maintain our highways network in as safe a condition as we can at all times. 

“Although roads are seeing less traffic following the travel restrictions, it is vital that the network remains safe to use to keep goods and deliveries of food and supplies moving and to enable safe travel for NHS and social care support workers, the emergency services, and everyone who is supporting our communities.

“Whether key workers travel on foot, by bike, on public transport or car to and from work, they will rely on roads and footways being repaired and bridges being safe to cross.

"Winter gritting will continue where necessary, potholes will continue to be filled and other work on the network will continue. It must to keep the county going.”

But the County Council says it is also mindful of the need for workers to stay safe themselves.  Workers will keep a safe distance apart while carrying out their work in accordance with the Public Health England guidance.

Cllr Mackenzie said:

“While our employees and contractors provide this vital service, it is important that they remain safe. Therefore, we ensure that they are practising social distancing.”