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Newly named gritter ‘For Your Ice Only’ is set to tackle the upcoming winter02 Oct 2018

Newly named gritter ‘For Your Ice Only’ is set to tackle the upcoming winter

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Newly named gritter ‘For Your Ice Only’ is set to tackle the upcoming winter02 Oct 2018

Classic James Bond film title inspires Milnathort Primary School pupil in naming BEAR Scotland Gritter

A newly named gritter is set to hit the road this winter after pupils from Milnathort Primary School ran a competition to come up with a new imaginative name for the vehicle.

The winning name, For Your Ice Only, was submitted by Primary 2 pupil Rosie White, and was unveiled today in front of the school.  

The 32 tonne, eight-wheeler vehicle – one of the largest in the UK – will be spotted this winter treating the M90 between Perth and Kinross.  For Your Ice Only will now join the likes of Sir Andy Flurry, Gritty Gritty Bang Bang, Plougher O’ Scotland and Sir Grits-a-lot and the rest of the 40-strong fleet of winter vehicles in helping to keep the trunk roads in the north east of Scotland free of ice and snow this winter. 

The competition was launched after the enthusiasm shown by the pupils at Milnathort Primary School towards Transport Scotland’s interactive gritter map, which highlights the location of winter vehicles across trunk roads in Scotland. The school became engaged with the names of the gritters and learning about BEAR’s winter activities online.

BEAR Scotland’s winter service officially began on Monday 1 October, with teams now on stand-by until the end of the winter season in mid-May next year.  Teams in BEAR’s control room will be monitoring conditions across all trunk roads in the north east and north west of the country to help coordinate winter activity where required.  

BEAR Scotland’s Senior Operations Manager for the North East, Alasdair Allen, said: 

“We were so impressed with the interest in our winter service shown by Milnathort Primary School, and we are delighted to unveil the brilliantly named ‘For Your ice Only’ today at the school.

“The pupils came up with some excellent suggestions for new names for the vehicle after learning about how the gritters work to keep roads safe across Scotland during winter, and it’s great to see them so engaged with the trunk road gritter tracker map online.

“Our winter period officially started on Monday, so the pupils will be able to spot For Your Ice Only out treating the M90 when the weather is colder working hard to keep road users safe.”

Sandra McColgan, Headteacher at Milnathort Primary School, said: 

“Last session P1/2 were totally motivated following the interactive gritter map as they were beginning to look at mapping and being able to recognise where Milnathort was on the map of Scotland as well as discussing the weather and the added bonus of the gritter names hooked them in!  

“We were delighted when BEAR Scotland started to notice our enthusiasm for the map and their fleet of gritters via twitter and we’re thrilled to be chosen to name one of their vehicles. We will be following the interactive map even closer this year now that we have a personal interest.”

Look out for newly-named spreader For Your Ice Only throughout the winter through Transport Scotland’s Online Trunk Road Gritter Tracker map, available through the Traffic Scotland website.  

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Embankment repair planned for A9 south of Helmsdale24 Sep 2018

Embankment repair planned for A9 south of Helmsdale

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Embankment repair planned for A9 south of Helmsdale24 Sep 2018

Teams to begin repairs starting on Monday 1 October

 

Works to repair a damaged embankment on the A9 south of Helmsdale after a small section of embankment washed into the field below is due to get underway next week.

Teams have been designing a repair for the area following a geotechnical assessment by specialist engineers.  

The repair will involve building up the damaged embankment using around 450 tonnes of rock which will stabilise the area while still allowing water to drain through. The work is expected to take two weeks.

The road will remain open during the work with temporary traffic lights remaining in place as a precaution to keep the workforce safe and motorists away from the edge of the carriageway during the repair process.  Once complete, the removal of the temporary traffic lights will allow the road to reopen to both lanes.

Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West Representative said: “We’ve installed the temporary traffic lights as a precaution to help ensure motorists are kept safe on the A9 until the repairs are completed.  

“Teams have worked to develop a repair that will involve working from the bottom of the embankment, where approximately 450 tonnes of rock will be built-up on the slope to repair the area.

“Our team will do all they can to complete the project as quickly and safely as possible.

“In the meantime, the temporary traffic lights will remain in place for safety and we’ll continue to monitor the area.”

Real-time journey information is available from Traffic Scotland on www.trafficscotland.org, twitter @trraffiscotland or the new mobile site, my.trafficscotland.org.  

 

 

 

 

 

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Temporary traffic lights on A9 south of Helmsdale due to embankment failure

Temporary traffic lights have been erected on the A9 south of Helmsdale after a small section of embankment next to the A9 has washed into the field below.

The embankment is located next to the southbound A9 at Westgarty, around three miles south of Helmsdale, and runs into the field below and away from the road.  

Geotechnical engineers have assessed the site and extent of the embankment failure, and the temporary traffic lights have been installed for safety to help keep motorists away from the edge of the carriageway.

Teams are now working to design a repair for the embankment.  

Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West Representative said: “We’ve installed the temporary traffic lights as a precaution to help ensure motorists are safe on the A9.  

“We’re now working to design a repair for the embankment which will allow teams to reopen the road to both lanes.

“We’ll work to keep all stakeholders updated as to the progress of these repairs.

“In the meantime the temporary traffic lights will remain in place for safety and we’ll continue to monitor the area.”

Real-time journey information is available from Traffic Scotland on www.trafficscotland.org, twitter @trraffiscotland or the new mobile site, my.trafficscotland.org.  

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New North East Connections newsletter - out now!07 Sep 2018

New North East Connections newsletter out now

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New North East Connections newsletter - out now!07 Sep 2018

The latest issue of North East Connections is out!  In this issue you'll read all about the latest news from the North East Trunk Road Unit, including information about our recent surfacing projects and a catch-up with our landscaping team who have been hard at work over the summer months.  You can also read more about our involvement in a recent Roadworker Safety Campaign and hear from some of the Graduates we've had working with our teams during the summer.

Click here to read an online copy or download a copy via the link below.

To stay up to date with the latest news from the North East Unit follow us on twitter: @NETrunkRoads

 

downloadBEAR Scotland - North East Connections - Stakeholder Newsletter_September 2018.pdf

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Public Information Exhibition launched on proposals for walking and cycling improvements on the A82 in Inverness24 Aug 2018

Public Information Exhibition launched on proposals for walking and cycling improvements on the A82 in Inverness

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Public Information Exhibition launched on proposals for walking and cycling improvements on the A82 in Inverness24 Aug 2018

A82 Longman Roundabout and Tomnahurich Swing Bridge Study

 

Plans for improved walking and cycling facilities on the A82 between Longman Roundabout and Tomnahurich Swing Bridge have been developed to improve road safety and support active travel in Inverness.

We are looking for feedback from the public on proposals which include  a new footway/cycleway between Longman Roundabout and Telford Road Roundabout. This will improve facilities for residents and visitors who are walking and cycling through this part of the city. 

Further proposals include widening the pavements and additional island refuges in the middle of the road at key crossing locations along the route.  These will reduce the length of time it takes to cross as well as making the crossings, and those using them, more visible to drivers.  We are also proposing a potential signalised crossing on the A82 at Smith Avenue as well as providing additional signalised crossings at the existing Tomnahurich Street/Kenneth Street junction signaals. 

To view the proposals, please click on the link at the bottom of this page.

BEAR Scotland are welcoming feedback on the proposals.  

Commenting on the proposals, Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West Representative said: “Improvement measures are being drawn up to improve both the facilities for those crossing the A82 between Longman Roundabout and Tomnahurich Swing Bridge and also for those walking adjacent to the A82 at this location.  These measures will contribute to improved pedestrian safety in the city.

“We are inviting the public to comment on these proposals by emailing us on NWConsultation@bearscotland.co.uk by Friday 12 October.

“We’ll then review all feedback from the community and others with Transport Scotland before any final decisions are made.

“All comments are welcome and we’ll share any outcomes with all relevant stakeholders once available.”

All comments on the proposals can be emailed to BEAR Scotland on NWConsultation@bearscotland.co.uk by Friday 12 October.  

Click the link below to view the proposals.

 

downloadBEAR Scotland - A82 Inverness - Proposals for Walking and Cycling Improvements.pdf

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North West Connections - Summer 2018 - issue available now!09 Jul 2018

North West Connections - Summer 2018 - issue available now!

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North West Connections - Summer 2018 - issue available now!09 Jul 2018

Welcome to the summer issue of North West Connections - the latest BEAR Scotland newsletter from the North West trunk road network.

In this issue you'll find updates about our latest projects, read more about the busy winter season and hear from our roads teams about the huge ongoing programme of surfacing repairs across the north west unit.  

To read a copy click here or download a copy through the link below. 

To stay up to date with the latest news from from the North West Unit follow our twitter page: @NWTrunkRoads

downloadBEAR Scotland - North West Connections - Stakeholder Newsletter_Summer 2018.pdf

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