During the current Corona Virus pandemic, The Safety Forum are trying to keep working with our clients, and local highway authorities to keep Road Safety Audits going. The Road Safety Audit process requires us to visit sites in order to examine proposed highway schemes.
Since the middle of March 2020 we have been finding ways for Road Safety Audit site visits to take place using alternative means. Highways England, Transport for London and a number of local highway authorities around the UK have allowed for temporary relaxations in their Road Safety Audit standards relating to how and when site visits are conducted and how online tools can help inform the examination of highway schemes in Road Safety Audit.
Current government advice that has been updated since the 10th May 2020 is to start to get back to work where it is not possible to work from home. With this in mind we are now beginning to look at undertaking some site visits where these can be completed safely, for our Audit Teams and the general public, whilst ensuring that we exercise social distancing and responsible and safe working methods.
Due to different approaches to the easing of ‘lockdown’ restrictions being taken by the UK and devolved parliaments, and by varying local highway authorities’ policies to current Road Safety Audit site visits, each project may require a tailored method. Therefore, please do get in touch if you have a need for a Road Safety Audit during this time to discuss how we can help.