January 21, 2024

A83 AT REST AND BE THANKFUL TO BE DIVERTED ONTO OLD MILITARY ROAD LOCAL DIVERSION ROUTE AT MIDDAY TODAY, SUNDAY 21 JANUARY

Updated forecast for today indicates heavy persistent rainfall becoming more intense in early afternoon with corresponding increase in hillside saturation levels. As a precaution, A83 traffic will therefore be diverted onto the Old Military Road from midday today, Sunday 21 January. Given the increase in hillside saturation levels it is then expected that the Old … Continued

December 27, 2023

North West Scotland Trunk Roads – Storm Gerrit Update

Storm Gerrit is causing severe disruption on the trunk road network across Scotland, particularly in the North West. BEAR Scotland, Transport Scotland’s trunk road operating company for the North West, is working with partners to keep roads open where possible, with teams out across the country clearing snow, fallen trees, and other debris. Disruption is … Continued

October 16, 2023

BEAR SCOTLAND BEGINS WINTER SERVICE IN SOUTH EAST

Fleet of 47 winter vehicles set to keep South East trunk roads safe 35,000 tonnes of salt ready to be spread across South East Scotland BEAR Scotland and its popular team of gritters are geared up and ready to tackle winter conditions in the South East of Scotland as temperatures decline. A fleet of 47 … Continued

October 16, 2023

I CAME, I THAWED, I CONQUERED! BEAR SCOTLAND SET FOR WINTER SERVICE

  59 BEAR Scotland gritters ready to tackle Scotland’s roads 35,000 tonnes of salt ready to be spread in the North West   BEAR Scotland and its popular team of gritters are geared up and ready to tackle North West Scotland’s challenging winter conditions as temperatures start to decline. Nearly £9 million has been invested … Continued

April 6, 2023

REVIEW OF WINTER SERVICE IN NORTH WEST

The North West winter season begins on the 1st of October each year, running right through until the 15th of May the following year. BEAR Scotland’s winter team has worked throughout the winter season to keep trunk routes in the North West of Scotland safe and clear. Each and every day of the season, in … Continued

April 5, 2023

REVIEW OF WINTER SERVICE IN SOUTH EAST SCOTLAND

BEAR Scotland’s winter team has worked throughout the winter season to keep trunk routes in the South East of Scotland safe and clear. In total 16,752 tonnes of salt was used to treat roads and 477 tonnes of liquid de-icer was sprayed onto major bridge structures. As ever, the winter service began in October and has been … Continued

November 8, 2022

READY, SPREADY, GO! BEAR SCOTLAND GEARS UP FOR WINTER SERVICE

‘I want to break freeze’ – 47 of BEAR Scotland’s popular gritters ready to face winter weather 25,000 tonnes of salt ready to treat trunk roads across South East Scotland BEAR Scotland and its popular team of gritters are geared up and ready to tackle Scotland’s infamous winter weather as temperatures begin to drop. Forty-seven … Continued

March 28, 2022

KEEPING SOUTH EAST TRUNK ROADS SAFE IN WINTER STORMS AND SNOW

BEAR Scotland’s winter team has been working tirelessly these past few months to keep trunk routes in the South East safe and clear, spreading 13,640 tonnes of salt on roads, spraying 530 tonnes of liquid de-icer onto major bridge structures, and clearing an estimated 300 trees during storms. Winter service began in October, when heavy … Continued

March 18, 2022

M90 TRIAL DIVERSION VIA FORTH ROAD BRIDGE

M90 traffic to be diverted over Forth Road Bridge on night of 26 March 2022 Trial process aims to avoid need to divert via Kincardine Traffic using the M90 will be diverted over the Forth Road Bridge on the night of Saturday 26 March, in a trial of measures designed to avoid the need to … Continued

March 2, 2022

QUEENSFERRY CROSSING WIND SHIELDING SUCCESS

New bridge remains open to high-sided vehicles more than 100 times when old bridge may have closed The Queensferry Crossing has remained open in high winds on more than 100 occasions when the Forth Road Bridge is likely to have closed to some or all traffic. The landmark was reached during storms in early February, which … Continued

February 22, 2022

CAUTIOUS OPTIMISM FOR QUEENSFERRY CROSSING ICE MITIGATION

Cable cleaning found to have beneficial effect More work required to quantify impact Engineers responsible for the Queensferry Crossing have expressed cautious optimism at the results of recent tests of methods to mitigate against ice accreting on the bridge’s cables and towers. Laboratory tests have confirmed that cleaning the cables does have a beneficial effect, … Continued

January 27, 2022

WINTER READY 2021

At BEAR, we have teams dedicated to providing winter service. Watch the video to find out about the process of decision-making when sending out our Winter Fleet to keep routes clear and safe during Winter.