Road maintenance takes collaboration and teamwork, and we employ people in a variety of roles here at Hi-Way Services. However, there can be no doubt that some of the most enjoyable - and most highly qualified - positions we offer are to machine operatives. The more technical nature of the job makes it appealing to many people, and an ideal pathway to progress from a manual role.
Machine operatives would normally have to go through a broad apprenticeship in something like screed road markings, preparing them for a wide range of positions and responsibilities. However, a course like this doesn’t necessarily hone in on machine use, nor does it inform the person taking it about the specific quirks and attributes of the machines they’re likely to be using.
As a result, we decided to develop our own introductory machine training course in house. The syllabus was constructed by two of our contract managers, alongside one of our machine charge hands. A notice was put up to [read on]
This summer Lidia O'Reilly (left photo) took part in the Race for Life 5k Pretty Muddy alongside her sister Anna O’Reilly with the goal of raising £300.
Race for Life is organised by Cancer Research to help raise money and bring awareness for up to 200 types of cancers. Pretty muddy is an obstacle course in which any woman of any ability can climb, crawl and charge through. The longer the distance, the more mud you run through. The event is carried throughout the day with food and music for our supporters. This was also the first year Maidstone held the race for children and the outcome was amazing, it's great to see so many taking part.
We asked Lidia why she decided to run, "The race for life is something I've always wanted to do. Cancer has affected so many people including family and friends. It's a fantastic charity and helps bring so many people together. I'm definitely running again next year in [read on]
We had an idea to take it upon ourselves to go out and learn about pothole filling. Questions on potholes had become more frequent and we noticed we were unable to answer all their queries. We agreed this would be one of many familiarization days as we needed to start with the basics.
We had a 1 square meter wooden frame made with a 2-inch depth. We laid it down, not realising just how big it was. We spoke about how to find the measurements and the process to filing potholes. To start with we wanted to work out ¼ of a square meter which came to 0.50 x 0.50. We continued to use this method to work out the rest of the 1 square meter and played around with the measurements.
We then moved the frame downstairs where we first worked with sand. Only filling ¼ of the square meter. At this point, we were shown the technique and putting our measurements to the test. I was shocked on how much product would be used for [read on]
It is with mixed emotions that we announce the retirement of Sheila Barrett our accountant. She has provided us with 3 years of outstanding services.
Sheila’s attention to detail, while keeping the broader picture in mind has been invaluable. Her willingness to put in extra time and effort has demonstrated her commitment and made her a dependable part of the team. In addition to her incredible competence and skills, she has been a friend to all with her thoughtfulness and encouragement.
We wish her our best wishes as she takes a long and much deserved holiday.
We are pleased to announce Grant Walton to the Hi-Way Services team on the 3rd April where he has taken on the accounts. He has come highly recommended and we’re excited to see him grow within the company.
Back in December we took on a new HGV technician (Michael Neat left in photo) to service and repair our ever growing fleet of trucks, to improve Michael's knowledge of the road marking equipment built by Somerford Equipment we sent Michael to work at Somerford Equipment’s workshop in Sandbach for a week in February, during this time Michael was put on various lines of the manufacturing process and gained valuable knowledge and experience. We’d like to thank Somerford Equipment for accommodating Michael into their business for the week.
Last year, the office staff took part in a familiarization day installing road markings such as parking bays, directional arrows and letters. They applied thermoplastic and paint to different surface types to familiarize themselves with the products and methods that would be used on a daily basis. The turnout was a huge success and encouraged us to head back out for another familiarization day over the next coming weeks on pothole fixing and pre-formed lining.
Our goal is to have an understanding on the coverage of materials with a hands-on experience with pothole fixing and laying pre-formed thermoplastic line markings. Having this will give us the confidence to provide better customer service by allowing us to recommend products specific to our customers needs.
Hi-Way Services has over 30 years’ experience in providing specialist road marking services, providing a range of road marking services to County Councils, large civil engineering companies, household name developers and retailers across the country. In early February 2018, Hi-Ways extended their current fleet with two new vehicles from Somerford Equipment.
Whatever the road marking challenge Hi-Way Services has the solution and to help them with that solution Hi-Way have been buying Somerford vehicles for many years. “This will be the 16th and 17th vehicle we have brought in from Somerford Equipment and every single one has provided us with exceptional reliability and performance,” stated Hi-Ways’ contract manager Danny O'Reilly. “We have built up a reputation over the years for delivering an outstanding and on schedule service. Our customers rely and trust us to complete projects on time and Somerford vehicles have helped us to build [read on]
A trip to West Sussex Depot quickly turned into a familiarization day to the business. Andy already having plans to travel to Sussex depot, invited Marnie and I to the yard, as neither of us have visited it. This was a great opportunity to meet the team, Dave Bigg and Christine Eason who welcomed us with tea and biscuits.
Dave showed us around the yard where we learned about one of two ‘Road Stud Fixing’ lorries. Dave and Andy explained how efficient and productive the machines are in comparison to older style machinery, installing up to 350 cats eyes per night.
Marnie Said, “We hear about the work it does all the time but have never seen it in action, it is impressive how it drills the hole and hoovers the road at the same time!”
I had no expectations when visiting the Sussex depot, although a smaller depot than Kent, it was equally as impressive. Contracts Manager Dave Bigg runs a very organised division of the business.
Every year at Hi-way Services we look to support a handful of charities that we truly believe make a difference in their field. For the past 5 years one charity has stood head and shoulders above the rest and continue to impress us year in, year out with their superb work. That charity is Kent Cancer Trust. The relentless research they do into kinder and more targeted treatments, combined with the specialist works they do providing pain relief to those suffering with the illness, makes them an obvious choice to support.
Thank you Stuart Minty for taking the time to come down to the office so that we could have a good catch up, see what the charities plans are for the upcoming year and give the opportunity to present the cheque
I personally had the chance to sit down and chat with Stuart Minty, where we spoke about when the charity started in 2004, and how they fund local projects for Kent hospitals and Kent University. Stuart spoke kindly on how grateful he was [read on]
After 2 ½ years Robert Blanchard has left the business, whilst at Hi-Way Services Ltd he gained an interest in Quantity Surveying and he has pursued his interest with a new career in this field. We wish Robert all the best and success in the future. He is still in touch with Hi-Way Services through golf and friendships, so we will update you on Roberts future from time to time.
Thank you for a successful 2 ½ years.
Taking over from Robert will be myself, Lidia O’Reilly.
After leaving school with 9 GCSE’s I took a keen interest in graphic design. I studied graphic design at Canterbury College where I gained a BTEC Extended Diploma. I then continued my studies in graphic design at Anglia Ruskin University, I worked in a local pub and I finished at Anglia Ruskin in 2017 gaining a BA in Graphic Design. I’ve since moved home and have eventually become the second victim to the family business…
I hope to continue the [read on]