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Update from Malcolm Dare, Executive Director, Commercial & Procurement - Highways England


I would like to start by wishing you all a happy New Year and I hope you all had a good Christmas break with your families. I would also like to thank you and your teams for your continued work to date in keeping the Strategic Road Network (SRN) operating through these challenging times, especially now that we have entered a new national lockdown following the Prime Minister’s announcement last night. Based on this I am writing to update you on the Highways England position. As with the previous lockdowns and regional restrictions Highways England will continue to operate in the C-19 compliant way that we have all collectively evolved. Again, the Government has stressed the importance of continuing with construction and maintaining national infrastructure and we will not be stopping any current or planned activities. I would like all suppliers to support this approach in the same way that you have supported Highways England since the start of the pandemic. Please remember that all activities must be in line with the latest Construction Leadership Council Site Operating Procedures and Government guidelines. It is essential that we do this in order to keep the SRN operating to support the country, the economy and to maintain cash flow to all tiers of the supply chain. As usual should you have any questions please use the Corona.Information@highwaysengland.co.uk e-mail address. If you have any queries about media handling of Covid-19-related issues, or others, our Press Office is available to support your communication teams at pressoffice@highwaysengland.co.uk. Please also keep us fully informed of any challenges that you believe could occur, or you are experiencing, so that we can ensure a coordinated Highways England and supply chain response. Please also continue to work with your normal points of contact within Highways England on a daily basis. Once again thank you for your help and support in continuing to operate and deliver work on the SRN. I look forward to continuing to work with your organisations.

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