Acklea | Adaptability of gritters key for BEAR Scotland
BEAR Scotland is responsible for managing and maintaining some of Scotland’s most important roads.
The organisation looks after over 2,500km of trunk road and over 2,750 structures and bridges, making sure the carriageways are safe and sound. Additionally, grass cutting and weed control, road lighting and traffic signal
maintenance, street drains and road signs, and, in the winter, carrying out snow ploughing and salt spreading with its fleet of over 100 winter gritters also falls into the BEAR Scotland remit.
With safety at the heart of the BEAR operations, the organisation is upgrading Gritter safety with the addition of the Scorpion crash cushion to its Gritters, provided and fitted by Acklea.
BEAR has placed an order for a large number of vehicles to be delivered by Acklea as part of the 5G contract won by BEAR in southeast Scotland.
The Scorpion crash cushion is revolutionary in the UK traffic management industry. The modular design allows for maximum performance level, a statement cemented by the meeting of both US and UK testing standards.
Acklea’s engineering team designed the mounting attachment to take the Scorpion crash cushion, and successfully fitted them to the gritters.
Throughout the works, Bear will have the option of demounting the Scorpion and using the vehicle as a standard
gritter or fitting the Scorpion and using it as a block vehicle.
The latter provides BEAR an extra 2 block vehicles during the none gritting season, and the option of the 2 block vehicles while the gritting season is ongoing, utilising the gritters when they are not needed for gritting.
Kevin Parkin of BEAR Scotland said:
“The quality of the builds from Acklea are excellent and help provide additional flexibility to some of our fleet.”
Andy Dougan of Acklea told us:
“We’re delighted to work with BEAR and support their works in Scotland.
“Our team has worked fantastically well to deliver a great product and as the contract runs on, we look forward to working with BEAR on future projects.”