Winter service review findings to be reported to Executive Committee

Heavy snow on a country road with tyre tracks showing

Published: Friday, 16th August 2019

A review of our Winter Service Plan has been completed and will be put before the Executive Committee at its meeting on Tuesday 20 August.

We provide a winter service on nearly 3,000km of road across the Scottish Borders and councillors are being asked to note the planned winter maintenance operations during 2019/2020. This includes minor changes to the existing robust plan which has served us well during severe weather, including the ‘Beast from the East’ in early 2018.

Footpath salting and snow clearance operations

It is proposed to trial a change to the timing of any footpath salting and snow clearance for this upcoming winter, with operations starting from 7.30am rather than 6am on weekdays.

Exceptions would be made during severe weather events and on special occasions, such as Remembrance Sunday.

Other planned future items for consideration include an increase in salt storage capacity and review of the winter fleet.

Councillor Gordon Edgar, Executive Member for Roads and Infrastructure

“Our Winter Service Plan has stood us in good stead over a number of years, and the recent review has concluded that in many respects we provide not only a better but more cost effective service than many other local authority areas.

“However, an independent review has identified a number of opportunities to improve our operating performance and reduce costs and it is important that we take that advice on board and continue to ensure that our plan is the best it can be.

“Very limited changes are proposed for winter 2019/20 that will impact on the frontline operations and I am confident that the proposed plan will once again ensure that we meet all our legal obligations and will keep the Borders moving no matter what mother nature throws at us.”