Updated January 2021:
As always, safety remains our absolute priority and we continue to take our responsibilities to managing the effects of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak very seriously as we enter the third national lockdown.
In this next period of lockdown we will continue to carry out our work to ensure the roads and surrounding areas are properly maintained so that the key people who need to get to work, especially our NHS staff and emergency services, are able to do so without delay or increased road risk.
Our employees, defined as key workers by the Government, will also continue their critical role for the Island by keeping the highway network safe and free flowing – carrying out important tasks like repairing road defects, gritting roads, keeping the streets clean and bins emptied, and keeping the traffic signals and streetlights working. We have also continued to deliver other maintenance and improvement tasks, where it is appropriate for us to do so, as these all contribute to a safer network for vehicles and pedestrians.
Our work falls within the construction sector where government advice is to continue with these activities. We have followed this advice and have adapted all our activities to comply with Public Health England Guidelines.
As per previous restrictions, new improvements schemes – such as the work on Skew and Alresford Road footbridges over the railway line between Lake and Shanklin – and essential highways maintenance is permitted and will continue.
Our crews have the relevant safety equipment and have received guidance and support on hygiene standards and staff will, at all times, have access to all required construction industry PPE.
As a result of all the above, the public may see our services being undertaken at different times – typically earlier or later in the day. This also gives us time between shifts for additional vehicle cleaning. We have sought to minimise noise at these times in particular and while we apologise for any disturbance these temporary new measures may cause, we are sure people understand this new way of working is in the interests of maintaining both the safety of our workforce and the community.
We have undertaken contingency planning with our partners and supply chain to ensure we have the required staff and resources to undertake our responsibilities.
To assist us with managing any necessary highway reports, we would also encourage you to make use of our online reporting facilities. These can be found via the yellow button in the top right hand corner of our website homepage www.islandroads.com or via this direct link https://fms.islandroads.com/ Alternatively you can email us via firstname.lastname@example.org
We continue to keep a close eye on the advice from the Government and our work will be adjusted as necessary to comply with any subsequent changes in the guidance.
We have already shown we are able to operate effectively during Covid restrictions – the St Mary’s junction improvement work was delivered on schedule despite two lockdowns.
We would like to place on record thanks to our staff and our supply chain partners for all their continued hard work and dedication. We would also like to thank residents for their support and assure them that we will continue to work safely and diligently to provide the highways services they rely upon.
In accordance with Government recommendations, we have also chosen to share publicly our Covid-19 Risk Assessments. You can view these using the following links:
We will continue to keep our website updated with the latest relevant information.
We appreciate your support and understanding during these times and hope you all keep safe and well.