18 August 2023

Proactive vs Reactive Planning for Winter Gritting: Prepare Now for a Smooth Season Ahead

While the warmth of summer still lingers, it's never too early to start thinking about the chilly months ahead. As the specialist winter gritting team at Nurture Group, we know that the key to a hassle-free winter lies in proactive planning.

By preparing for the upcoming gritting season now, you can avoid the pitfalls of a reactive approach, ensuring safety and smooth operations even when the snow and ice arrive.

Proactive Planning: Your Pathway to Success

At Nurture Group, we firmly believe that staying ahead of the game is essential when it comes to winter gritting. Proactive planning means anticipating the challenges that colder weather can bring and taking steps to address them in advance. By creating a solid plan that encompasses all aspects of winter maintenance, you can ensure that your pathways remain clear and safe, minimizing disruptions and keeping your business running smoothly.

Secure Your Safety: Contract Renewal

Now is the perfect time to renew your winter gritting contract with Nurture Group. Lock in your safety and peace of mind by partnering with the best in the industry. Our seasoned winter gritting specialists are dedicated to providing top-notch services that go beyond simply scattering salt. We work diligently to create tailored solutions that fit your specific needs, ensuring that your premises remain safe and accessible during even the harshest winter conditions.

Exclusive Benefits: Partnering for an Enjoyable Winter

Choosing Nurture Group as your winter gritting partner comes with exclusive benefits. Our expertise and experience in the field guarantee that you'll receive exceptional service and support throughout the season. Don't let the winter months bring stress and inconvenience. Instead, let's work together to make this winter a truly enjoyable experience, with clear pathways and worry-free operations.

Legal Obligations for Safe Passage

Did you know that regulations now extend beyond just roadways when it comes to winter maintenance? The amendment to the Railways and Transport Safety Act in 2003 highlighted the duty of authorities to ensure safe passage on footpaths and cycleways. As these routes gain popularity and are used year-round, treating them becomes a legal requirement. This means that proactive planning should include not only roadways but also footpaths and cycle paths to ensure the safety of all users.

Challenges of Active Travel Schemes

Cycleways and footpaths present unique challenges when it comes to winter gritting. Unlike roads, these pathways tend to have lower traffic flow, resulting in colder temperatures. Additionally, the presence of vegetation alongside these routes can further contribute to lower temperatures. As a result, liquid de-icers, such as Sodium Chloride brine, are often preferred over traditional rock salt. However, excessive use of liquid de-icers can lead to corrosion on metal structures and surfaces.

A Comprehensive Approach: Addressing All Areas

In conclusion, proactive planning that considers the layout, roadways, cycleways, and footpaths of your site is vital. By addressing all these areas in advance, you can ensure comprehensive winter gritting coverage that keeps everyone safe and ensures smooth operations. Let's conquer winter together and make it a season to remember for all the right reasons.

Reach out to Nurture Group's Gritting teams today to discuss your winter gritting needs and secure your proactive plan for a safe and enjoyable winter season. Don't wait for the first frost – start planning now and stay ahead of the challenges that winter brings.

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