A diesel spill occurred on a carriageway on a major road in Crawley following an incident.

Diesel makes roads slippery and unsafe. It dissolves bitumen in the asphalt and makes it weak, breaking up over time and creating an even worse health and safety scenario.

Roadways sprang into action immediately once contacted.

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By 4pm the necessary team, plant, and subcontractors were mobilised and ready to start on the works. 

Over £1 million worth of plant was used including road planers, sweepers, pavers, rollers, bitumen sprayers, etc.

Nearly 300t of contaminated asphalt was planed off and replaced with a new surface. 

Around 20 operatives were deployed on this job.


  • Roadways reacted in record time
  • We organised operatives, plants, and material
  • Safety was ensured for operatives and the public
  • Road was open the following morning
  • Disruption was minimised for road users
  • Client was happy with the exceptionally high quality of the job


This repair project was carried out during the last COVID-19 lockdown of 2020.

Roadways’ operatives are considered key workers as they help keep the region’s roads and footpaths repaired and operational. 

Lockdown presented extra emotional and physical challenges. The team had to socially distance from each other and from members of the public.

Keeping two metres apart in the construction industry is not always possible. This caused reputational, health and safety and mental pressures.  Every working person felt scrutinised by the public.

The team had several queries from local communities asking if works were truly essential and could be done after lockdown. 

Managing tension was extremely important and the Roadways team did so successfully. 

Additional safety and information mechanisms were put in place:

  • Only one operative was allocated to each vehicle
  • We provided additional welfare and hand sanitising facilities.
  • COVID-19 signage was introduced for the public and for operatives on sites.
  • Every team had a COVID-19 marshal to remind them about social distancing and changes to keep everyone safe.

" A feat of logistical know-how! "