21 May 2020
Road messages thanking the NHS have been painted around Northamptonshire hospitals

Road messages thanking the NHS have been painted around Northamptonshire hospitals to show appreciation to carers and key workers across the county.

The markings, created by Northamptonshire County Council and KierWSP Northamptonshire Highways, have been placed at the Cliftonville and Billing Road accesses to Northampton General Hospital, and on Rothwell Road outside Kettering General Hospital.

The signs, which read 'Thank You NHS' and feature a rainbow heart at the bottom, have been made possible by specialist road markers WJ Lining and local traffic management contractor EM Pells.

County Council cabinet member for highways and place, Cllr Jason Smithers, said: "The work that is being carried out by everyone at the NHS is phenomenal and we just wanted to do our bit to show support by adding a splash of colour in a sign of solidarity with NHS workers.

"Our highway crews have continued to ensure roads are safe and open for all key workers and to make sure essential journeys can be made. It has been amazing to see how people have shown their gratitude and it’s important to let all key workers know that they are appreciated."

KierWSP Northamptonshire Highways have been carrying messages of support for the NHS on their fleet of highway vehicles and buses for the last few weeks.

Variable message signs (VMS) located along roads in the county have also been displaying messages of thanks and support to the NHS and key workers along with Covid-19 updates.

Dr Sonia Swart, Chief Executive at Northampton General Hospital said "Thank you Northamptonshire Highways for this lovely tribute to our team at NGH. We are overwhelmed by the support we have been shown from our local community and I want to thank all of the other key workers in the county for their hard work during this time."