CIHT Coronavirus Statement

The latest updates and news on the Coronavirus situation from CIHT, plus get your voice heard and relevant industry announcements.

CIHT Operations

Please see below regarding how CIHT will be continuing to operate and provide services to members


Highways Sector Council: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Operating Procedures – Protecting our highways workforce

The recently formed Highways Sector Council (HSC), in which CIHT is a core member, has published practical guidance for the local highways.

The ‘COVID-19 Local Highways Safe Operating Procedures document’, developed by the HSC’s COVID-19 focus working group, is designed to address the specific issues faced by local highways maintenance workers against the backdrop of the coronavirus.

Although based upon the construction industry guidance created by the Construction Leadership Council, the HSC guidance goes further, and addresses specific challenges related to the local highways sector. In particular, it specifically considers operational highways activity at maintenance and improvements sites, as well as at highway depots.  

It provides guidance on social distancing and avoiding close working, handwashing, cleaning, travel, site access, eating arrangements and procedures to follow if someone falls ill.

Latest Government Guidelines

As lockdown restrictions begin to ease in England, the government has issued new advice on returning to work. Please find the latest advice linked below. 

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy 

Working safely during COVID-19 in construction and other outdoor work. Guidance for employers, employees and the self-employed (11/05/20) Available here. 

Department for Transport 

COVID-19: safer travel guidance for passengers. Walking, cycling, and travelling in vehicles or on public transport during the coronavirus outbreak. (12/05/20). Available here.

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government 

Guidance for local councils during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Available here.



Lastest Guidance from the Devolved Nations 


Please find the latest guidance for Wales here.


Please find the latest guidance for Scotland here.

Northern Ireland 

Please find the latest guidance for Northern Ireland here.



NHS London Request for PPE

NHS London have made a request to CIHT via the Construction Leadership Council for Personal Protection Equipment (PPE). The full request list is available here but includes Full Face Visors, Hand Sanitiser, Hazmat Suits and Logistics / Transport Support. If you or your organisation are able to help, please make contact with


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Health & Wellbeing

Highways England Recommendations for Working From Home


Industry Updates on Coronavirus

Below are a number of recent information releases on Coronavirus that may be of interest.


Coronavirus (COVID-19): transport and travel guidance

Information for people using transport or working in the transport sector during the coronavirus outbreak can be found here.

Department for Transport

Are regularly producing advice and industry relevant update. Available here.

Royal Academy of Engineering

Initiative 'Engineering response to COVID-19. Available here.


The Construction Leadership Council

Working safely during COVID-19 (13/05/20). Available here.

has published details on how construction sites can operate consistently during the Covid-19 crisis. Find out more here

Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA)

Are producing regular updates and the latest one is available here.

Construction Industry Council (CIC)

They are providing regular briefings that we are circulating to members. Below are more details:
CIC Circular on Construction Policy Relating to Covid19 in other countries. See here.

The Landscape Institute - Seven Design Principles for pop-up highway infrastructure

The Landscape Institute has produced guidance that contains with relevant links to good highway design. The document focusses on temporary highway infrastructure aimed at ensuring that proposals consider non-movement functions and are not over-engineered. See here.

Urban Design London - Managing streets during lockdown

Urban Design London are producing a series of videos about managing streets during lockdown. The videos and takeaways from their sessions are freely available here

Transport for London - Streetspace for London

Transport for London are working on a range of initiatives to allow social distancing to take place while people move around the capital including walking, cycling, reducing motor traffic and more. Resources and guidance available here.

CIHT resources on best practice street design, transport planning and more

The CIHT Awards 2020 featured some excellent examples and inspiration for creating better streets that are useful for the COVID-19 recovery. In particular the Healthy Transport Award and Creating Better Places Awards should be of interest. CIHT Members can access the full shortlists here:

CIHT's Streets and Transport in the Urban Environment series of publications contains many important and relevant principles for placemaking and street design:


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