Ground Control wins new winter gritting quality award

Ground Control has recently become the first company to be awarded the new Met Office Winter Gritting Gold Quality Mark.

Peter Brown, Senior Winter Maintenance Co-ordinator, Lizzie Bucknell, Operations Systems Manager, and Andy Simpson, Winter Maintenance Operations Manager.
Peter Brown, Senior Winter Maintenance Co-ordinator, Lizzie Bucknell, Operations Systems Manager, and Andy Simpson, Winter Maintenance Operations Manager.

The scheme acts as a benchmark for all gritting activities.

The new Met Office Winter Gritting Quality Mark scheme has been set up to allow gritting companies to show their customers that they take an appropriate forecast service for road surface temperatures and conditions.

To qualify for the highest level, Ground Control has also received appropriate road meteorology training through the Met Office College, and takes at least one supplementary Met Office service to aid winter maintenance.

Andy Simpson, Ground Control’s winter maintenance operations manager, has been one of the driving forces behind the gritting department since joining the company in 2011.

He said: "I believe the Met Office is the best winter maintenance forecaster in the business and the Gold Level Quality Mark separates the best from the rest for winter maintenance."

Ground Control is recruiting more teams to help deliver the service.


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