Winter services partnership launched

Councillor Stephen Thompson, Chairman of DGFirst Management Committee, Councillor John Martin, Vice Chairman of DGFirst Management Committee, Ronnie Dempster, Head of Roads Maintenance, Neighbourhoods and Contracted Services, DGFirst, Hector Macaulay, Delivery Unit Managing Director, Balfour Beatty, Norrie Westbrook, Managing Director, Mouchel and Russell Rennie, Contract Director, Scotland TranServ.
Councillor Stephen Thompson, Chairman of DGFirst Management Committee, Councillor John Martin, Vice Chairman of DGFirst Management Committee, Ronnie Dempster, Head of Roads Maintenance, Neighbourhoods and Contracted Services, DGFirst, Hector Macaulay, Delivery Unit Managing Director, Balfour Beatty, Norrie Westbrook, Managing Director, Mouchel and Russell Rennie, Contract Director, Scotland TranServ.

A partnership between Dumfries and Galloway Council’s DGFirst and Scotland TranServ is ready to deliver winter services for local communities across the region, say council chiefs.

The partnership means that services, including winter maintenance, will continue to be provided locally from four operational depots located across the region.

Scotland TranServ has invested almost £3m to improve its vehicle fleet since its trunk road management contract for Transport Scotland started on 1 April and senior representatives met with councillors and area network managers to assure them that preparations are in place to deal with even the harshest winter conditions.

Covering 22 routes and more than 600km of motorways and trunk roads, Scotland TranServ operates on behalf of Transport Scotland. It has invested the £3m in winter plant to bolster its services and operate the very latest in gritting technology across south west Scotland.

The local fleet now includes a brand new super gritter, which can spread double the amount of salt in one pass, reducing the need for re application and our carbon footprint.

The partnership, in which DGFirst is contracted to carry out roads and winter maintenance services on behalf of Scotland TranServ, will span the next five years with the potential to extend for a further three years.