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Aebi Schmidt ready for Siberian big freeze

The UK is braced for more freezing weather conditions next week with a cold front from Siberia set to bring ‘bitingly’ cold temperatures and more snow.

One leading gritting manufacturer that should be ready for this is Aebi Schmidt, which tests its machines in Russia. Highways talks to David Harvey, technical sales manager, about making sure modern gritters are up to the task of tackling extreme weather.

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Highways England to ask permission for low value £500m scheme

Highways England has confirmed that it will contact the transport secretary to gain specific permission to move forward with a £500m scheme that has been assessed as providing ‘poor’ or ‘low’ value for money.

If a scheme falls below a benefit-cost ratio of below 1.5, Highways England chief executive Jim O’Sullivan is obliged to write to the Department for Transport to make sure the government-owned company should proceed.

Having launched a consultation on two possible routes to dual the A417 ‘missing link’ at Air Balloon roundabout, despite the £500m schemes being assessed as providing ‘poor’ and ‘low’ value for money respectively, Highways England has conceded that progressing either option would require express permission from ministers.

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