Winter service preparations get a boost ahead of the coming season

19th Jun 2020

New guidance published by the National Winter Service Research Group aims to help the sector ensure that it is well prepared in case heavy weather returns later this year

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Good planning before the winter season commences is crucial to the success of winter service. This includes ensuring that agreed and appropriate policies have been developed, service levels have been defined and an effective management and decision making system is in place.

It is also vital that authorities remember the salt stock resilience benchmark of 12 days/48 gritting runs, and it is prudent to ensure that restocking is undertaken regularly to retain the benchmark throughout the winter season.

With this in mind the National Winter Service Research Group (NWSRG) has published its ‘Planning for Winter Service’ guidance through the UK Roads Liaison Group, which is available on the UKRLG website. The guidance is the latest in a series of sections within the NWSRG Practical Guide.

The aim of the new advice is to help authorities review their current policies and practices, as well as providing references to further relevant information within other sections of the guidance.

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