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High Speed Two: Coronavirus

Department for Transport written question – answered on 27th April 2020.

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Photo of Alexander Stafford Alexander Stafford Conservative, Rother Valley

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what guidance his Department has issued to High Speed Two construction workers during the covid-19 outbreak.

Photo of Andrew Stephenson Andrew Stephenson Assistant Whip, Minister of State (Department for Transport)

The Department has advised its agencies including HS2 Ltd to follow the Government’s policy in relation to COVID-19. That is that construction workers can continue to travel to work on sites so long they are able to follow the Public Health England guidance and industry best practice on social distancing. It is for HS2 Ltd and its contractors to determine whether it is appropriate to continue work or not according to conditions on each site.

On 25th March HS2 Ltd paused the works on most of their construction sites to ensure operations could continue in-line with this guidance. Since then a majority of sites have re-opened with currently 71% of sites now back operating.

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