BEAR Scotland is ready for whatever winter throws at it

12th December 2018

There may be no halting the arrival of winter, but BEAR Scotland seems to be doing all it can to ensure any potential disruption is minimised.

Scotland’s leading infrastructure management and maintenance organisation has revealed that it has more than 58,000 tonnes of salt ready to treat trunk routes across the north of the country.

Additionally, its 195-strong winter team and fleet of 120 winter vehicles are dedicated to helping keep the trunk roads as clear as possible this winter.

2018 marks the tenth year that BEAR’s winter 24/7 control room will be central to the organisation’s winter response programme, analysing detailed weather forecasts and road temperatures to ensure treatments are carried out as necessary.

BEAR Scotland is responsible for keeping clear 1,265 miles of trunk roads across the north east and north west of Scotland.

During last year’s especially harsh winter, the group used over 80,000 tonnes of de-icing materials across nearly 11,000 treatments.

Amongst BEAR Scotland’s 120 dedicated winter vehicle fleet are 39 large 32-tonne eight wheeler spreaders – some of the largest in the UK. Its fleet of gritters include daft names like ‘For Your Ice Only’, ‘Mr Plow’, ‘Plougher O’Scotland’, ‘Sir Andy Flurry’ [pictured] and ‘Gritty Gritty Bang Bang.’

Iain Murray, managing director at BEAR Scotland, commented: “While we remain as committed as ever to doing as much as possible to keep routes passable during inclement weather, we are keen to remind members of the public to ensure their vehicles are well maintained and that they pay close attention to local and national media and online information to help plan journeys and be prepared should conditions deteriorate.”

Ellie Baker, brand manager at FCS Scotland, adds: “The winter can be particularly tough on Scotland, as seen last time round, but with preparations as thorough as this, any hassle can be tamed.”