winter service


Exclusive: IHE eyes benefits of three-day forecasting


Confidence in three-day weather forecasting has increased to such a degree that it could soon help save highways authorities significant amounts of cash on gritting runs and proactive winter service, Highways understands.

Councils battle to keep roads open as Emma meets the Beast


Councils across the country have been battling to keep their highway networks operating safely as the most severe threat of snow moved from Scotland and the North East to Wales and South West England.

‘Wrong time of snow’ leaves council with £2m roads overspend


Scottish roads authority The Highland Council is forecasting an overspend of £2m in its winter maintenance budget after severe weather at weekends and bank holidays pushed up its labour costs.

Transport Scotland versus the Beast from the East - Q and A


Dominic Browne caught up with Hugh Gillies, director of trunk roads and bus operations at Transport Scotland, for a Q and A about the recent extreme weather seen north of the border and how the devolved nation fared when it came up against the Beast from the East.

Wales considers Bellwin scheme as Highland councillor seeks alternatives


The Scottish Government is facing calls to adapt its approach to the Bellwin emergency scheme to help cash strapped councils hit by extreme weather.

Hot topics for the cold season


Highways speaks to the chair of the National Winter Service Research Group (NWSRG), Chris Cranston, about what the key areas for debate will be at this year’s Cold Comfort and receives an exclusive briefing on the latest news and research.

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