Ground Control reveals extent of Storm Doris work

National contractor Ground Control attended more than 80 sites during and after Storm Doris last week, as winds of up to 95mph tore trees from their roots in some parts of the country.

A Ground Control arb team at work. Image: Ground Control
A Ground Control arb team at work. Image: Ground Control

The Billericay, Essex-based company counts Network Rail, UK Power Networks, WPD, Electricity North West among its clients and Ground Control workers cleared hundreds of trees overall to ensure their networks remained connected and sites open and safe.

Ground Control’s utility arboriculture team broke an internal record, by fixing more than 40 faults so far for three Distribution Network Operator (DNO) clients, the record number faults attended by Ground Control in such a short period of time.

Ground Control contracts director, Stephen Amison said: "It’s been a busy couple of days. I’ve heard tales of one of our teams cutting away trees that were lying across the A6, just to allow them and WPD to access a fault....We now have teams following technicians from fault to fault to restore power. 

Working on behalf of Network Rail, Ground Control’s rail arboriculture teams attended more than 30 sites to clear trees from tracks, with teams still on standby and others continuing to deal with the aftermath.

Ground Control’s director of arboriculture and rail services, Peter Allen, said: "We were tracking the weather, with teams on standby to ensure we could be on site rapidly to keep Britain’s railway lines connected.

"Teams who were already working on planned works were redirected as the storm progressed down across the country from the North West. From Liverpool and Chester, through to Stoke, Lichfield, Birmingham, down to Watford; the teams’ dedication and determination was a real credit, to themselves and to Ground Control."

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