RMetS meeting on winter highway maintenance

Monday 12th Mar 2012 by theWeather Club

Take a look behind the scenes at how the weather forecast links up with local councils in keeping the transport network open during the winter months. On Tuesday 13th March, Russell Martin, a Highway Maintenance Manager at Leeds City Council, will talk about the Winter Maintenance Programme. Russell will focus on how Leeds plans for and manages its winter service.

Leeds has a network of some 3,000km of road and the challenge of keeping this network open in winter is sometimes quite onerous. The talk will look at the legal duty the Highway Authority has in keeping the roads open; how to plan, resources and grit the roads; the specialised weather forecast produced; roadside weather stations; deciding to grit or not to grit; long range forecasting for the season ahead; managing salt supplies and resilience; and probably the hardest job of all, managing our expectations.

This is a fantastic opportunity that provides an insight into how meteorological information is used on a daily basis, throughout the winter months, and the practical benefits to us all.

The meeting is free to attend and will be held at the University of Leeds (Level 8 Seminar Room, School of Earth and Environment) with tea and coffee available before the talk begins at 7pm. For more information visit www.environment.leeds.ac.uk/see/research/rmetsoc/