Helping drivers BEAR the Winter

BEAR Scotland's Team are ready for an increased winter service

The last two winters have been the worst in 50 years. BEAR Scotland is ready to provide their winter service for North East and South East Scotland. They have planning for another severe winter, with the extra support from Transport Scotland, to keep traffic moving on the trunk road network.

Following last year's extreme winter, BEAR Scotland, Transport Scotland's operating company for North East and South East Scotland, has increased resources, manpower and expertise to help keep roads open and ice-free.

In winter 2010/11 BEAR Scotland carried out over 2500 precautionary treatments across North East Scotland and have stock piled 15,000 tonnes of salt in preparation for this winter. In addition to this stock of salt, seven overnight patrol vehicles will be operating across the North East network with the capability of carrying out reactive salting and recording of real time information and road surface temperatures to report back to our 24 hour control room.

BEAR Scotland uses information from more than 33 weather stations across the network and analyse weather predictions and temperature data from the Met Office to determine daily gritting and ploughing treatments. We will be using our website to update the public on gritting decisions.

Brian Gordon, BEAR Scotland's Deputy Managing Director explains:

"We have already experienced two severe winters. With the extra investment from Transport Scotland and our expertise, I am confident we are providing an enhanced winter service to keep traffic moving throughout the winter period. We will be using expertise from within the company and our wider Group to use techniques to manage the network as quickly as possible and communicate with the public of any disruption".

Eddie Ross, North East Operating Company Representative said: "Winter Service is provided through seven operational depots in the South East area. We have over 100 operatives trained and ready to deal with winter in the North East Unit. Our dedicated spreaders used for precautionary treatments and patrols use pre-wetted salting, a much more effective way of spreading salt because it allows the treatment to stick to the road quicker.