BEAR Scotland’s Winter Programme gets on road

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BEAR Scotland’s winter maintenance services are underway in the North East, with over 26,000 tonnes of salt in to tackle wintry conditions.

In support of Transport Scotland’s ‘Ready for Winter’ campaign, BEAR’s winter maintenance team works around the clock to analyse detailed weather forecasts and information from over 33 roadside weather stations to ensure treatments are carried out at necessary times.

The forecasts and data are used to decide when routes require salt treatment on the North East trunk road network. This information is also available to the public on the Traffic Scotland website, meaning that drivers have access to the latest information to help plan their journeys.

There are over 45 vehicles involved in carrying out precautionary winter patrols, treatments, and snow clearance on the 957km of trunk roads maintained by BEAR in the North East, and over 100 fully trained and experienced employees that deal with winter related activities.

Overnight patrols are provided on seven routes. Vehicles are fitted with mobile road surface temperature sensors to allow real-time monitoring of conditions on the network by BEAR’s control room on a “24/7” basis right up till the middle of May.

This winter, BEAR Scotland is also joining forces with Transport Scotland, Traffic Scotland and other partners to use #keepscotmove on Twitter so that road users can see some of the efforts that are being made to help them get around.