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Highways service supporting efforts to combat COVID-19

During these difficult times, the county council’s highways service is working hard to keep the roads safe for emergency teams such as Fire & Rescue and the NHS, as well as for our local communities who need to go out for essential supplies like food and medicine.

A core highways service is continuing to work on essential road safety projects, attending road traffic accidents and supporting the local and national effort to combat COVID-19.

During this time other staff from the highways service have been redeployed to support other services, such as delivering vital medication to pharmacies.

Our streetworks teams are also supporting Utility companies to ensure a reliable supply of services and utilities is maintained to local residents, businesses and other facilities e.g. hospitals, care homes.

Cllr Keith Little, Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, said: “It’s reassuring to know that in these difficult times our highways service continues to work, in a safe way, on important road safety issues such as keeping the road safe. The redeployment of some other highways staff, to help with important tasks, such as the delivery of medication is also welcome. We have a highly skilled and varied team and I’m pleased that we are finding ways to work safely during these difficult times and continue to support the people of Cumbria.”

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