Winter weather prep for UK
8th October, 2015
Across Britain, businesses and local authorities are preparing for winter 2015. With the clocks going back in a matter of weeks, October marks the start of winter and it's time to get ready for the cold weather. With what may be the coldest winter in 50 years on the way, UK businesses are set to lose millions of pounds simply because they don't have a winter maintenance plan in place. We look at the parts of the country that are doing it right and getting ready now.
In Nottinghamshire, gritters have been on 'low risk' standby since the start of the month, and will go on 24/7 standby on 1st November. The Nottinghamshire County Council has stocked its four salt barns with 12,000 more tonnes than government regulations, and is ready to refill its 1,300 roadside grit bins when necessary.
Speaking to the Mansfield and Ashfield Chad, Councillor Kevin Greaves, Chairman of the Transport and Highways Committee, said:
"Our planning for winter carries on all year round and we are confident that we are in a stronger position than ever to deal with winter. Like most people we keep our fingers crossed and hope that the coming winter won't be too severe, but we have to be realistic and plan for the worst. The county council gives high priority to winter maintenance and we are determined to keep our county on the move this winter."
On Saturday 3rd October, Lincolnshire County Council's winter response team took their fleet of 43 gritters out on their first test run of the season. They will be able to treat 1,869 miles of roads in the county just over a third of Lincolnshire's 5,500-mile network.
Councillor Richard Davies, Executive Member for Highways, told the Lincolnshire Echo:
"I am really excited about the gritting programme this year as we have a more efficient and cost-effective service and we can still treat nearly 2,000 miles of our county's road at once if we need to. We also expect to use less salt this winter as we can monitor the temperature of individual roads with our new technology so we can be more targeted with the roads we treat."
With a budget of over £6 million, the North Yorkshire County Council is prepared for even the harshest of winters. 55,000 tonnes of salt, over 100 gritters, 12 snowblowers and 130 contractors equipped with snowploughs are ready to keep the county's roads open and safe.
Executive Member for Highways, Councillor Don Mackenzie, said to the Craven Herald:
"Dealing with severe winter conditions on such a large network is a complex and expensive operation. However, it remains a top priority to keep the county connected and on the move. Our winter service is the best resourced in England and once again we are well prepared."
If you want to follow these parts of the UK's example and put a winter maintenance plan in place now, get in touch with us. Call us on 01728 633900 and we'll help your business get ready for the cold weather.