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.
Stephen Scott takes up the Chairmanship of the Road Safety Markings Association for the second time.
The RSMA is the trade body for the road marking industry in the UK and is a dynamic and proactive organisation that promotes the use of high quality markings and provides the training courses that ensure the workforce are competent and safe. It meets regularly with Government and Local Authority agencies to ensure that standards are maintained and that only quality certified contractors with a fully trained workforce are allowed onto the nation’s road network.
Stephen is currently Vice-Chairman of Wilson & Scott (Highways) Ltd, the longest established road marking company in the UK and a founder member of the RSMA. After more than 40 years at Wilson & Scott where he took over from his father as Managing Director in the early 1990’s, he has stepped back from operational duties to allow the next generation to drive the company forward. He first took the role of Chairman of RSMA over 20 years ago and oversaw its transition from a small volunteer run organisation to its appointment of a paid CEO and staff which grew rapidly to meet the industry needs.
Now with a headquarters office and training facility in Lincolnshire the RSMA is central to the growth and development of the industry with representation on many regulatory and standards bodies here in the UK and across Europe.
Alongside the CEO of the RSMA, Stu McInroy, Stephen will use his 3 year tenure to keep up the good work of his immediate predecessors as Chairman and continue to raise the quality and professionalism of the industry. The autonomous cars of the future will still need high quality road markings to determine their position on the road so the industry has a role to fulfil for many years to come.
Wilson and Scott have a proud and long association with 1st Chertsey Scouts, supporting them through their Group Scout Leader David Moore who in his daytime role is Fleet and Logistics Manager for the company. David had already been active in the Scouting movement in Chertsey for some years when in 1982 he joined Wilson and Scott after leaving school. Starting out as a workshop fitter, David’s role with the company has progressed to senior management level, paralleling his progression through the Scouting movement to his current role as Group Scout Leader. Throughout David’s time with the company we have facilitated the loan to 1st Chertsey Scouts of vehicles enabling them to attend numerous Scouting events and camps around the country. During the last 20 years we have also maintained their minibus, providing our own workshop facilities for this to ensure the vehicle’s continued roadworthiness and safety.
The newly opened 1st Chertsey Scout HQ in Staines Lane is a tribute to the hard work that David and others have brought to the project. We are very proud to have been able to play a role in this by supplying labour, plant and materials for the installation of car park and associated road markings as well as the painting of the main and disabled access ramps to the building. We look forward to our continued association with 1st Chertsey Scouts in the years to come.
Here at Wilson & Scott, we value the health & safety of both our workers and the public above everything else. This is what lies behind our ‘Safety Starts with Me’ ethos with which we promote safe working practices. As a result, we are always looking for new ways to invest in anything that can help us do this.
One recent innovation we are proud to unveil is the introduction of two skid steer machines with milling heads.
The basic function of these two new machines is to remove longitudinal road markings quicker than traditional methods with minimal operator intervention or manual handling, ultimately reducing disruption to other road users.
With these machines, Wilson & Scott are also able to work in a safer way for our partners and road users. We have fitted each one with our own illuminated exclusion system which clearly shows where the machine is working at any one time.
This makes it much easier for road users or anyone working with us to avoid entering the danger zone by accident. 4 no LED lights on the roof of each machine shine a red beam onto the road when the machine is switched on. Once on, the red beam gives full 360-degree coverage for total clarity. It is this unique lighting system that really sets the benchmark for innovation. With this simple touch, everyone in the vicinity is aware of the machine and where it is, substantially increasing road user safety during works.
Innovation and safety are key to how we work. By investing in the two new skid steers and also fitting them with our cutting-edge illumination system, we have taken the initiative in this area. Both machines can be used day and night – indeed, they are so effective for removing road markings that we plan to use them in most jobs moving forward!
Are you looking for temporary road markings or something a bit more permanent? Contact Wilson & Scott today for a quote.