ECON A NECESSITY FOR BEAR SCOTLAND

An area the size of Belgium, crossed by the highest roads in Britain, was the daunting winter maintenance task that faced BEAR Scotland

An area the size of Belgium, criss-crossed with some of the highest roads in Britain, was the daunting winter maintenance task that faced BEAR Scotland when the company won the contract to maintain and manage the 1,400 km of trunk roads in north west Scotland in April 2013. Even when other parts of Britain are undergoing relatively mild winters, Scotland's North West often faces seasonal onslaughts of blizzards, ice and snowdrifts that can make roads impassable and life difficult for its inhabitants.

An area the size of Belgium, crossed by the highest roads in Britain, was the daunting winter maintenance task that faced BEAR ScotlandAn area the size of Belgium, criss-crossed with some of the highest roads in Britain, was the daunting winter maintenance task that faced BEAR Scotland when the company won the contract to maintain and manage the 1,400 km of trunk roads in north west Scotland in April 2013. Even when other parts of Britain are undergoing relatively mild winters, Scotland’s North West often faces seasonal onslaughts of blizzards, ice and snowdrifts that can make roads impassable and life difficult for its inhabitants.

BEAR Scotland provides its winter service out of tenoperational depots across the region, with a team of over 100 operatives, and needs a large fleet of vehicles to stay on top of the severe conditions. The company turned to Econ, renowned for the high quality of its vehicles, to supply equipment that was up to the challenge.

An area the size of Belgium, crossed by the highest roads in Britain, was the daunting winter maintenance task that faced BEAR Scotland“We had used Econ previously so we knew that their vehicles have excellent reliability and drivability and that the after sales care is very good,” said Kevin Campbell, Senior Operations Manager at BEAR Scotland.

He added: “Econ are also renowned for designing their equipment to meet the demands of British roads, which is especially important with a tough area like the North West of Scotland. We have had a bad experience in the past with a European manufacturer whose vehicles were not up to the job, so we made sure to choose the best for this contract.”An area the size of Belgium, crossed by the highest roads in Britain, was the daunting winter maintenance task that faced BEAR Scotland

The BEAR Scotland team’s main focus is to carry out precautionary treatments to prevent ice forming. Its fleet, including the Econ vehicles, is fitted with high-tech sensors to monitor road conditions and road surface temperatures via the Vaisala system of 53 roadside weather stations throughout the North West trunk road network.

An area the size of Belgium, crossed by the highest roads in Britain, was the daunting winter maintenance task that faced BEAR ScotlandEcon has supplied around half of BEAR’s 66-strong fleet, providing a range of spreaders, each of which had to be specially adapted to provide double the usual pre -wet application rate of salt required to beat the freezing Scottish weather. Several of the Econ vehicles were also adapted spread de-icing liquids rather than solid rock salt in order to treat the region ’s Skye, Kessock and Dornie bridges. Liquid de-icers prevent corrosion and are also less environmentally invasive if they leak into rivers.

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