Purpose of NWSRG
The NWSRG is a members group dedicated to advancing understanding of best practice for winter service delivery, taking the best from currently available knowledge and supplementing any gaps with new knowledge and research.
Following the recommendations set out in the independent report, commissioned by DfT, “The Resilience of England’s Transport Systems in Winter often referred to as the “Quarmby Report” , the NWSRG Steering Group is now a Technical Sub-Group of the UK Roads Board. In turn this is part of the UK Roads Liaison Group family of organisations. The NWSRG Steering Group comprises of members elected by the NWSRG membership and other invitees from the public sector representing national interests. Thus the NWSRG provides oversight and liaison for the development of guidance and new knowledge for the UK public roads sector.
The current steering group membership can be viewed here.
The NWSRG is funded by annual subscriptions from local authorities and UK national governments, as well as by submitting bids for the financing of specific projects to a wide range of different organisations. It is the successor to the NSSRG (the National Salt Spreading Research Group) and its Members come from across the whole of the UK, representing both large and small highway and road authorities, as well as the organisations that assist in the delivery of the winter service. One of the great strengths of the NWSRG is that the wide range of Industry Associates involved with the group possess in-depth and extensive experience of winter service matters in Europe and elsewhere across the globe, as well as in all regions of the UK.
Composition of the Group
The current programme of NWSRG research is aimed at producing a comprehensive Guide to provide practitioners with practical guidance in all aspects of setting up and delivering their winter service.
Sections of the Guide have already been issued relating to the following topics:
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