Bus company takes snow and ice risk seriously

THIS winter has been mild in comparison with last year’s November and December blizzards - so far.

But bus company Stagecoach is preparing for the worst by planning route amendments if snow hits the area.

Management have learned from last year’s operations during the worst of the weather conditions, when many routes were unable to operate fully.

Sarah Longair, operations director, Stagecoach East Scotland, said: “During the prolonged period of adverse weather last year we struggled to keep services running to timetables or in some cases even to the full routes. I am grateful to our dedicated staff who did all they could to keep our buses on the road and provide as comprehensive a level of service as possible, given the conditions.

“We’ve worked in partnership with local councils since they published their intended gritting/clearing routes across the area for this winter, and we’ve created a back-up plan of routes we will take for each service.”

The company will publish these on its website when it becomes likely they will be needed. Customers can see at a glance diversions from the scheduled routes.