HIGHWAYS teams from Lancashire County Council's highway service are now focusing on safety critical work during the coronavirus pandemic.

Most other work routine maintenance and improvements have been postponed.

Staff will concentrate on tasks including winter gritting, fixing potholes, and repairing traffic signals and streetlights .

Minor planned work, such as resurfacing of roads and improvements to bridges, has been suspended during the crisis.

Cllr Keith Iddon, county highways boss, said: "These changes will help to ensure the safety of our staff, with the postponement of work which can be rescheduled helping to reduce the need for contact between people.

"Where safety critical work will continue, we have put in place arrangements for our staff to maintain social distancing while working, and travelling to and from depots."