Transport Minister Keith Brown called upon the public to remember these sub zero heroes during a visit to Bilston Glen gritting depot near Edinburgh. The Minister met with workers who have clocked up approximately 70% more working hours than usual during this latest wintry spell.
Mr Brown said:
“With many of us gearing up for the festive break and some down time, we should remember those workers in transport and public services who remain on duty 24/7 throughout the holiday period.
“Winter staff in our operating companies alone have already delivered over 2000 additional hours service and with Met Office forecasts predicting further freezing temperatures across the country our dedicated teams and individuals remain at the helm.
“Our six point plan introduced last week ensures we are more prepared than ever to help keep Scotland moving. While we are doing all we can, drivers can help make the festive season safer and happier by planning their journeys in advance.
“Journey planning advice also applies to people heading for buses, trains and airports. Before setting off, travellers should check regular travel and weather updates, listen to police advice for driving and visit the Traffic Scotland or public transport websites for up-to-the-minute information.
Transport Scotland continues to work closely with the police, local authorities and other partners to keep Scotland moving this holiday season.
With further cold snaps predicted, Transport Scotland recommends that travellers access the live information available on their Traffic Scotland website and from the regular travel updates broadcast by the media and public transport operators.
More than 26,000 iPhone users have already downloaded the free Traffic Scotland app from the App Store and more are encouraged to do the same. The Traffic Scotland website has also experienced unprecedented use with more than 21 million hits in one day, more than 3 times the average monthly usage.
For safe winter driving tips visit http://www.transportscotland.gov.uk/news/winter-driving-advice