Drivers are being reminded to take more care on the roads as Streets Ahead maintenance continues resurfacing Sheffield’s roads throughout the winter.
The plea comes from Sheffield City Council’s Highway Maintenance Contractor Amey, as they have seen a rise in accidents surrounding their road closures recently.
Peter Hancock, Principal Operations manager at Streets Ahead, said: “There’s still a long way to go to ensure that our workers feel completely safe when carrying out their job on the city’s roads.
“Our programme of works is vast and this year more than ever, we’re working in multiple locations in Sheffield at the same time. What’s more, we regularly carry out work during night-time hours to avoid disruption during peak travel times.
“This poses its own challenges for our teams, particularly during the winter when it’s darker and weather conditions are more unpredictable.
“The majority of people do drive responsibly but there have been several incidents where restrictions or diversions have been ignored, which is not acceptable or safe.”
The Council have reported incidents of verbal abuse targeted at Streets Ahead and Amey workers. They now use a bodycam system whereby they can capture any dangerous driving or inappropriate abuse.
Matt Collings, Road Policing Inspector at South Yorkshire Police, said: “We, as roads policing officers understand the danger posed when working on the roads, and support that all workers should have the right to work without fear or abuse.
“Everyone should return home safely from work after their shift and everyone has a part to play in ensuring the safety of others on the roads and making this happen.
“As the dark nights draw in it is important to be vigilant and follow the signs. Remember it could be your loved one working; you can make a difference.”
To find out more about the Streets Ahead Programme, click here.