Highways work to continue during lockdown in the Isle of Wight

Island Roads, who manage the highways network in the Isle of Wight, will continue its work to maintain a safe highway network throughout the latest lockdown.

As before with restrictions, new improvement schemes — such as the work on Skew and Alresford Road footbridges over the railway line between Lake and Shanklin — are permitted and will continue.

However, as a result of the lockdown and the sharp rise in local cases, more support staff including those usually based at Island Roads’ contact centre are working from home.

Stephen Ashman, Island Roads service director, said: “As always, safety remains our absolute priority and we continue to take our responsibilities (regarding) the pandemic very seriously. Our work falls within the construction sector where government advice is to continue with these activities.

“We have followed this advice and have adapted our activities to comply with Public Health England Guidelines. As we enter another full lockdown, I would like to place on record my thanks to our staff and our supply chain partners for their continued hard work and dedication. I would also like to assure residents we will continue to work safely and diligently to provide the highways services they rely upon.”

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