Wilson and Scott have acquired LMS Highway Road Markings division as part of its ongoing strategic progression to continue to offer our Nationwide service on a local basis. Wilson and Scott is a National Line Marking company for roads, car parks and highways including markings for public car parks, playgrounds, stadiums and many business environments.
Cameron Simms Wilson & Scott Managing Director comments: ‘United by a common business culture and the desire to deliver a safe quality service, this acquisition is a perfect fit for both of us and having the opportunity to work with the team at LMS is very exciting. The addition of this 35-year-old reputable and established business is a fantastic opportunity for both of us and I look forward to developing our relationship to deliver an even better range of services.’
Paul Winter LMS Highways managing Director comments: ‘LMS Highways has developed from a regional road making contractor to a nationwide provider of specialist highways maintenance concrete repair projects The sale of the road marking division gives our multi-disciplined workforce and diverse and highly experienced management the opportunity to work alongside the team at Wilson and Scott to develop its Nationwide support with the same core offerings and shared business ethos.
The acquisition of LMS, based in Newton Abbot in Devon, will provide immediate tangible benefits to Wilson and Scott’s existing and future customers and will further enhance the services offered with increased expertise and capability.
Wilson and Scott, Colndale Road, Poyle Industrial Estate, Colnbrook, SL3 0HQ.
It was in the early 1970’s that the idea of spraying thermoplastic road markings first took off in the UK. The first machines were quite large and unsuitable for urban streets. Smaller machines that could manoeuvre around tight corners and apply yellow lines were needed.
Not satisfied with the machines then available from machinery manufacturers Wilson & Scott decided to make their own machine for use on their UK contracts.
From an earlier articulated version called PS/3 the highly successful PS/4 emerged. With a triangle style wheelbase and its spray guns aligned with the front axle the PS/4 could navigate tight radii and narrow streets to lay double yellow lines simultaneously. Originally planned only for use in-house at WS a demand from other UK and Irish contractors led to the establishment of a production line and the eventual manufacture of more than 120 machines. They were sold across the world with 50 going to the USA alone.
Production ceased in the late 1980’s but these simple robust machines kept working and continued to be used regularly for more than 30 years. With its oldest machines now beyond repair WS decided to resurrect the concept of the PS/4 using the latest technology and industrial design standards. The new PS/4 hit the roads in March 2020.
Wilson and Scott completes Britain’s first Dutch style roundabout that prioritises cyclist and pedestrians. Cyclists have the use of the outer ring , with cycle crossings over each of the four approach roads in a contrasting red surface. There are also zebra crossings over each approach road for pedestrians. Motorists must give way when joining and leaving the roundabout.
Reduced lane widths on the roundabout at entry and exit points are designed to encourage drivers to slow down. It took nearly a year to construct and works were delayed by 2 months due to the Covid – 19 pandemic.
Wilson and Scott completed the road marking in MMA over 3-night shifts.