FMG have demonstrated the latest techniques for clearing major road incidents, in a demonstration in front of the Secretary of State for Transport, Patrick McLoughlin.
The demonstration follows the re-awarding of the Highways Agency national vehicle recovery manager (NVRM) contract, which will see FMG provide recovery services for the Agency across England’s strategic road network for up to seven years.
Working alongside one of Europe’s largest specialist recovery operators, Cheshire based Egertons Recovery, the ‘Clear project’ was undertaken to mirror the removal of an overturned vehicle from a restricted carriageway, whilst maintaining traffic flow. The demonstration also showcased how screens were coming into use, to prevent other motorists ‘rubber necking’ and causing additional delays and risks to recovery operations.
The demonstration was coordinated by FMG’s head of network, Jim Dawson, who gave the Secretary of State a running commentary during the recovery.
He said: “The Minister was interested to understand the process, and the latest techniques for keeping Britain’s roads moving during times of potential disruption. Incidents have an obvious human impact, but the impact can also be felt on business and UK plc. Delays caused by accidents can cost companies time and money, and it’s vital that we continually reappraise our procedures, and use practice events like this to ensure we’re prepared for all eventualities.”
During the past five years that FMG have been handling the NVRM contract, they have dealt with over 48,000 incidents and have helped the Highways Agency to reduce response times to incidents. FMG has garnered a reputation for efficiently dealing with the most complex recoveries and helping to minimise disruption.