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Scotland better prepared for ice and snow chaos this winter, says minister

Transport Scotland is well prepared to maintain transport resilience against winter weather, but cannot guarantee to keep roads free from snow and ice, Scottish transport minister Keith Brown said yesterday.

Transport Scotland’s estimated £15M winter service began operating on Saturday, in readiness to protect Scotland’s 3,500km motorway and trunk road network against winter snow and ice.

“We have built on the experience of [the] last two harsh winters,” said Brown. “Our salt stocks are at 70% of the total levels used last year but no roads authority can guarantee to keep roads free from snow and ice.” Some 80,000t of salt is currently held in Scotland.

“When severe weather comes there will be disruption even with the best laid plans, but our operating companies are better prepared to get Scotland moving again due to our focus on improvement since last winter,” Brown said.

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