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Maintaining a security minded approach during the pandemic

Threat of terrorist attack has not gone away, with socially distanced queues of people outside buildings a new concern. Highway authorities must keep security high on the agenda.

Crowded spaces can be attractive sites for terrorist attack, with vehicles used as weapons against people on the roadside – as seen on Westminster Bridge and London Bridge in 2017.

In the Government’s response to the Coroner’s report into the London Bridge & Borough Market attack there was an action for highway authorities to be provided with guidance.

Since then the Department for Transport has been working with the UK Roads Liaison Group and the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI) to provide additional help to local highway authorities across the UK.

New guidance now published builds on previous advice for highway authorities contained in the ‘Well Managed Highway Infrastructure’ code of practice. The new guidance is available on the UKRLG website and is summarised here.

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