Dominic Browne 02 June 2020

Highway Sector Council's 'Golden Covid-19' rules revealed

A set of ‘Golden Covid-19’ rules created by the Highways Sector Council (HSC) gives specific guidance for worksites with calls to ‘accelerate major maintenance and deliver shovel-ready essential highway projects’.

The latest rules were developed under HSC’s Project SafeStart guidance to help the sector continue working through the crisis and the recovery after.

Seen by Highways, the new rules call for a range of specific actions which had not been released under previous briefings.

The document states: ‘All effort should be made to ‘accelerate’ and 'bring forward' major maintenance and deliver ‘shovel-ready’ essential highway projects. This should include the delivery of multi-modal shift schemes for public transport and/or promotion of cycling and walking in line with the Government and DfT policies, further to the allocation of £250m by the DfT for this purpose.

‘Use the relaxation in TTRO rules to permit fast re-programming during the COVID-19 period if needed,’ the golden rules advise.

For more on this exclusive story, visit Highways (free to access).

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