Prepare For The Winter
Photography by Colin
WINTER is the time when we
all expect to have frost and snow. It may vary in its intensity from
year to year and even from place to place, yet it can, and does,
cause havoc, as many people know only too well. Here, in England, we
usually seem to leave everything to the nth minute; not so this year
with the Highways Authority.
On Thursday, 15 November 2012, one
of our intrepid reporters attended the Winter Maintenance Launch, at
the Westhougton Depot, near Wigan. The Communications Manager, Mr
Scott Wildon, of Balfour Beatty, the Civil Engineering firm with the
contract to deliver, on the motorway network and other strategic
roads (Highways Agency A Roads), the winter service arrangements as
well improvements and routine maintenance work. All other and local
roads are covered by their Local Authority.
The photographs on this page show the some of the readiness that the
depot has in place. The Spreader Vehicle (SV) has 3 tanks filed with
a brine solution for mixing with gravel and 22% salt. The mixture
for spreading by the spinner varies according to the level of frost
and the amount of snow expected. That variation is calculated by a
computer in the driving cab, operated by the driver, who has full
control of the spinner, which covers 3 lanes whilst the SV is
travelling at 38mph along a predetermined route. The drivers are on
call during such times as are dictated by the weather forecast.
There are over 500 winter vehicles
on stand-by across the country and over a quarter of a million
tonnes of salt in stock!
Drivers, please give Spreader
Vehicles plenty of space to manoeuvre in!.
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