One of Wales’ largest recovery agencies has reported a record number of road recoveries because of the recent snow.
The Caldicot Group, which is headquartered in Monmouthshire, travelled a combined distance of over 15,500 miles in just six days recovering more than 250 trucks and cars.
Averaging over 40 vehicles a day, hot spot areas included the Valleys, Mid-Wales and Shropshire where the higher grounds left many HGVs and cars snowbound and unable to move. The company, which has a fleet of more than 60 recovery vehicles, increased the size of its emergency recovery team so more of its specialists were on hand to deal with the increased number of breakdowns.
And as a result of a major road traffic collision on the M4 near Bristol during the poor weather, which resulted in the destruction of a 200m long stretch of reservation, the company has been appointed by Highways England to provide an emergency recovery service while engineers repair the damaged structure.
“This has certainly been one of the busiest periods in our history as a recovery agency,” explained managing director Gavin Edwards.
“We expected an increase in demand, which was why we increased the number of recovery specialists in our team so we could ensure we helped as many companies as possible. However, the conditions led to a record number of road recoveries with our team having to deal with a number of difficult breakdowns due to the unforgiving weather.
“From our own perspective we were pleased our recovery operation coped well with the increased demand. It is important that we keep businesses and the UK road networks moving as they are important to the economy. In doing so I have to thank our team who went the extra mile to ensure we were able to do so.”
Mr Edwards added that it was important companies inspected their vehicles for any damage as a result of the snow.
“Although the snow has now gone, it’s important for fleet-based companies to get their vehicles checked for any damage that could affect their performance.”