Freezing temperatures in the UK are always a big shock in the transport industry. So, it would be safe to say that you can never over-prepare for winter.
The process of winterising rail transport and facilities can be a painstaking one. But the worsening weather in the UK means that accident and mechanical failures are increasingly likely.
It is therefore vital that you make sure that efficient systems are in place and the right tools are at hand, or you could find your business coming to a grinding halt.
Transport and Logistics problems
There are some key problems though that winter weather brings with it, especially for the public transport sector.
High costs of Winterisation
There is always a cost associated with winterisation, and although preparation is good, it’s not always cost-efficient. Do you invest beforehand or wait and take the risk of having unused resource come spring?
The UK seems comparably terrible at dealing with harsh winter weather because of need to balance practicality and efficacy with cost. There is no point investing in equipment that is only going to get used once a decade.
You may wonder why, compared to countries like Canada or Russia, the UK is so bad at dealing with winter weather, but it is the unpredictability of our weather that drives this.
Colder countries will always be better prepared as they know to expect severe conditions every year around the same time. Snow and sub-zero temperatures are the norm so they can set a budget every year.
Yet in England, brief spells of ice and rain interspersed with unexpected snow flurries cause havoc.
Poor planning leads to big losses, but we have decades of expertise working with logistics and transport businesses and can share that with you to help develop a robust winterisation strategy.
When it comes to keeping the tracks, roadways and stations clear and free of ice and snow it’s also important to consider the potential environmental issues that the products used can cause.
Many winterisation chemicals are toxic for plants, animals and humans. Sodium chloride products, for example, can cause irritation when they come in contact with the skin.
Another key concern is that runoff from de-icers can build up in waterways to form serious environmental hazards for aquatic life.
Even essentially non-toxic products can cause harm to aquatic life if they are left to build up in significant quantities.
Thankfully, we have been able to develop a number of high-performing environmentally friendly options which we can assist you with.
Safety in Public Spaces
It’s not just about keeping lines clear. It’s also important to keep the public areas around the stations, workplaces and depots free of ice and snow to ensure the safety of members of staff and public.
Products need to work effectively and be easy to apply throughout stations, to avoid build-up of ice and other potentially dangerous situations.
We can help you asses danger these danger areas and come up with strategies to keep them open and safe during freezing and icy conditions.
The application of de-icing chemicals is one of the most effective methods for keeping tracks and platforms free and clear of ice and snow. Knowing the right products and how to apply them efficiently can make this process highly cost-effective.
We have a broad array of environmentally friendly and robust solutions, including aviation-grade de-icers, to ensure safety standards never slip and unwarranted mechanical issues never appear. No matter how bad it gets!
Remember that we are here to help. Our expertise could be vital when it comes to making the right decisions about your winterisation
strategy. And with further storms and difficult conditions predicted well into Spring, there’s still plenty of time to get it right.