Ground Control dynamic duo help to keep Devon’s roads on the move
Devon’s own version of the ‘dynamic duo’ came to the rescue of storm-hit commuters when Ground Control staff cleared three different roads countywide. In separate locations across Devon, the ‘dynamic duo’ assisted the Highways Agency in removing obstacles from three roads, enabling commuters to continue their journeys with little delay.
“Mark Williams and I were travelling back from the Dartmouth Steam Railway when we came across a tree branch blocking the road,” explained Adam Thompson, a project manager for Ground Control. “With a queue of traffic building and after filling in a risk assessment, we cleared the obstruction enabling the traffic to get through unhindered.
“A little while later, we came across a police cordon turning traffic around at a roundabout in Dartington,” continued Adam. “This time, the local highways agency were in attendance as a larger tree had fallen down, which required the assistance of a separate contractor to move it. We were able to help by safely removing a branch threatening to fall on to the worksite, and had made a start on clearing the road before the contractors arrived.
“The third incident was on the A38 in Devon,” said Adam. “The Highways Agency had closed a lane due to a tree having fallen across the carriageway. We were able to move the tree in a very short space of time, enabling the road to be opened and the traffic to get back to normal.”
Marcus Watson, Managing Director of Ground Control, added: “As an organisation, we always try to be in the right place at the right time. In this instance, not only were Adam and Mark in the right place, they were able to re-open roads by removing fallen trees, all over the course of one evening. This was a very selfless act, and I am very proud of both Adam and Mark for taking the time to help commuters get on with their journeys on what was a very stormy evening.”