True Grit: London Council Gets to Grips with Winter roads
Winter Road Maintenance is a balancing act. Treating roads too late leads to congestion, accidents, and even potential fatalities. However, on the flip side, treating roads when it's not necessary results in additional costs and causes avoidable environmental damage.
The challenge for local authorities, municipalities and highways agencies is knowing when to act. They need the right weather data, to know when to treat roads, plan their resources and validate their decision making. It comes as no surprise that they need a partner they can trust to deliver.
Finding the right partner for the job
At The London Borough of Sutton Council, making the right call is critical. They rely on accurate and reliable weather data to help them make the right decisions for Winter Road Maintenance. The London Borough of Sutton has an explicit promise to the local community: To keep highways safe during winter weather, while also controlling costs and protecting the environment. To keep their word, it's essential that they only grit roads when necessary.
When their long-term provider withdrew from the market, they needed a new weather forecast partner. The council (as part of a consortium of London Boroughs) issued a tender for highway maintenance, involving several forecast providers. After a rigorous technical and commercial assessment, they selected MeteoGroup as the preferred bidder and subsequently awarded the contract.
Getting the team up and running
London Borough of Sutton now utilizes RoadMaster - the specialist highways forecasting solution. To help the team get up and running, MeteoGroup delivered RoadMaster familiarization training, including highways meteorology training, to ensure a swift and smooth mobilization.
Alongside this, MeteoGroup's in-house meteorological experts support decision making through forecast consultancy. The blend of the right solution combined with expert support has dramatically assisted Sutton’s ability to deliver on its promise to the community.
Measuring the value and impact
RoadMaster has already proven it’s value to Sutton, as the forecasts help the council to make the right calls on Winter Roads Maintenance. Lloyd Tilbury, Grounds Maintenance Supervisor, says: "MeteoGroup's forecasts really help us to confidently make the right decision to minimize unnecessary applications of grit." He adds that "Forecast consultancy via the IVR call-backs has been great. We get call-backs within 10 minutes and speak to an expert meteorologist who is fully briefed on the weather for our patch, meaning we're never left hanging on wondering. You get that reassurance that you're making the right call."
MeteoGroup developed RoadMaster to address the challenges facing operations teams that are under pressure to guarantee traffic safety during the winter months. It’s a web portal that shows past, present and forecasted road hazards in your maintenance area. The dashboard features give teams an actionable overview of observations, forecasts, and hazard warnings.
By giving road managers peace of mind, RoadMaster helps to secure road safety and operational efficiency by making informed gritting decisions.
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RoadMaster has already proven it’s value to Sutton, as the forecasts help the council to make the right calls on Winter Roads Maintenance. MeteoGroup's forecasts really help us to confidently make the right decision to minimize unnecessary applications of grit.