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Welcome to the News section of our website, here you can find all of the latest updates across the company. From new projects, to tips for road users, and seasonal articles.

 

Wilson & Scott Highways Ltd have been successful in being awarded the contract for 40 Arriva bus depots across country with the focus around London and the South Midlands. This contract is an opportunity for Wilson & Scott to demonstrate their professionalism towards Health & Safety in providing standardised line markings across all sites to ensure group conformity as well as being able to re-line the parking bays to revitalise their appearance. I went out to one of the sites to meet the Team, here was my time watching the operations in action at the Luton depot.

Arriving bright and early on a mid-week, October, morning, I was greeted by Sam, Chris, Andy and Damo, the operatives working on site at the Arriva Luton depot that day. The guys are all very hard working and started the day with good spirits and motivation. As the morning progressed the Team had to overcome some obstacles and dynamically assess the situation to allow works to progress to the tight schedule already defined. Their approach to the situation allowed them to swiftly identify and agree a solution which helped them continue with the tasks in-hand. No matter what was thrown at them, the lads all took it on the chin and continued pushing forwards.

Sam, who was the site supervisor, walked me through the works that were going to be carried out at the depot, as well as some more information surrounding the wider project. There were two teams working at the Luton site I visited, a team from London, and the team supervised by Sam, who are from Devon. The Devon guys have only recently been put together, although individually they have a lot of experience in line marking, yet the sense of camaraderie between them already is very strong.

Whilst there, I witnessed several processes taking place. Hydro blasting was being used to cleanse the bays before marking commenced. This is the first time that this process has been used in this way on any of the Arriva sites, and it was employed to remove the large build-up of oil and debris in the bays. Moreover, the teams would be using different paints in Luton, as the car park is bricked instead of tarmacked. As the blocks move over time, a slightly rubberised paint must be used to counteract this and avoid cracking, true to the innovative way in which Wilson & Scott think and operate.

A race until the first frost

Overall, the company is currently halfway through the awarded tender but at this time of year, foul weather is beginning to cause further complications. Our operatives cannot put down lines in wet weather and once temperatures drop below freezing, Arriva’s winter resilience programme comes into force, with gritting starting in their depots, which brings all work to a halt. The grit causes a chemical reaction with the paint, amongst other things, which is why our work will stop. There are still some indoor works left to complete,

Brain Tumour Awareness

Brain tumours are the biggest cancer killer of children and adults under 40; over 5,000 people lose their lives to a brain tumour each year and just 11% of adults survive for five years after diagnosis. Those are some of the eye-opening facts that people with brain tumours must live with daily.

Living with any form of cancer is extremely tough, but doing so during a global pandemic, and when the diagnosis is completely out of the blue is even more difficult. This is the new normal that our colleague Tess’ daughter Yvette has had since February 2020. As a company, we care a great deal for all of our people and always help where we can, therefore:

We would like to thank Yvette for giving us permission to share her story, with the hopes to raise awareness of brain tumours and the lack of funding they currently receive.

“In February 2020, I was informed my MRI scan showed that I had a tumour the size of a tennis ball in my brain and, not surprisingly, it needed to come out ASAP.

After two days recovering from my surgery at St George’s Hospital, I was sent home as I was recovering well, but COVID-19 was also sweeping the hospital and so it was safer for me to continue my recovery at home. After a week, I returned to the hospital to have my staples removed and was given the devasting news that the tumour was malignant. I was then referred to my local Oncology centre to undergo treatment for the remaining tumour. I had six and a half weeks of radiotherapy, which meant while everyone else was going through the first UK lockdown, I was leaving my house daily, Monday to Friday, for ten-minute radiotherapy sessions – the upside was little to no traffic on the roads!

Next, began my chemotherapy cycles – five days of chemo tablets followed by 23 days off. I have just completed my 12th and final cycle; however, the MRI scans and hospital appointments will continue.

The Brain Tumour Charity has been there for me throughout my treatment, acting as virtual support, as I walk this journey of dealing with Glenis (my brain tumour) every day. Over the past 18 months I have been in a support group with people suffering from the same disease. We have celebrated the few that made recoveries, but also cried about those who have stopped contributing, to only have the news that they will never be back.

We offered support for those that felt they could not go on and shared in every moment of joy like positive scan results and ‘craniversaries’, drawing on these to lift our own emotional states. We often look the same as we used too, we sound the same, but our brains are malfunctioning, our hormones act like it’s a riot and our emotions act like a drunk teenager. Life gets a little challenging every now and again, but we are happy for the

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ISO 39001, Continuing Success

Wilson & Scott has achieved a clean bill of health, with zero non-conformities, during our continuing assessment audit (against our ISO 39001 road traffic safety management system) by BSI, informs our Head of Compliance.

“A continued success on our road to safety”

This great result showcases a continued success on our road to safety, and further enhances our commitment to reducing, and ultimately eliminating, the risk of death or serious injury relating to road traffic incidents.

We would like to thank all of our people and supply chain partners for the ongoing support of our “safety starts with me” approach.

 

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