Environmental contractors, Ray Britland Contracting, has become the latest member of Safer Highways.
The company focuses on projects involving grass and wild flower seeding as well as mowing in terrain that would often be inaccessible to most standard machinery.
Based in Cheshire and established for over 35 years, a substantial proportion of its work is linked to new road building projects and greensward maintenance on the UK motorway network. The company has contracts for the maintenance of 120 reservoirs nationwide and various Forestry Commission sites across the country as well as extensive grass and scrub cutting on our A roads and the motorway network.
The story of the company started when Ray Britland started of working on his family dairy farm in Wilmslow, Cheshire from a very young age. At the age of 16 after the sudden death of his father he decided to start his own contracting business. As the years went by the business grew bigger and bigger. In 2001 Ray decided to give up his family dairy farm to concentrate on the contracting. In 2008 he made the decision to split the farm away from the contracting, and this is when Ray Britland Contractors Ltd was born.
The company is the largest independent owner of the Reform specialist bank tractor in Europe. RBC now has 10 of these on the fleet and has owned 31 since the year 2000, along with a large number of remote-control machines. RBC invest heavily in machinery to reduce the number of the feet on the ground and operate a number of Mercedes Unimogs for all motorway works.
Commenting on joining Safer Highways, Ray Britland, Managing Director at RBC said “RBC have always been the go-to company to carry out specialist vegetation works on the highways. With a team of all directly employed staff and highly trained/experienced managers, we hope to pass on our experiences to the industry and gain more knowledge from other like-minded companies. Becoming a member of Safer Highways is the next logical step in the progression of RBC as a company and we look forward to making a positive contribution going forward.”
Adding to that, Kevin Robinson, Chief Executive of Safer Highways said: “It is vital we continue to find more innovative ways to protect those who work on and around our highway networks and I am looking forward to working with Ray Britland Contracting to help deliver a future where health, safety and wellbeing remains at the forefront of the important work we do in the sector.”