Rally4Wales hits the 100 mile marker!

[Ruthin] Rally4Wales Contracts Limited, the company set up to repair forest roads after motorsport use in Wales has reached its first milestone – 100 miles of completed gravel road repairs.

Formed following the successful Rally4Wales campaign in 2016 to keep rallying going in the forests of Wales, the not for profit company has since completed seven repairs as of the end of June 2017, including five car rallies and two cross country style off road events.

To mark the occasion, the team behind Rally4Wales Contracts have published a factual report highlighting their real-world experiences to date, including information to hopefully help shape the future use of forest roads across Wales for the longer term.

Key points from within the report formed following review with Natural Resources Wales include:

  • The completely new system of completing road repairs is proven to work, and can be done within the fees quoted for the longer term.
  • Feedback from Natural Resources Wales and motorsport competitors using the roads has been extremely positive.
  • The future event calendar and allocation of events in Wales needs careful planning to ensure long term benefits to the roads being used.
  • An excellent working relationship has been developed between Rally4Wales and Natural Resources Wales since the project commenced in February.
  • Real improvement is being seen from the work done with residents and forestry staff already seeing a tangible benefit of roads being repaired professionally following each rally.
  • More choice of forest venues is needed to ensure that rallies do not repeat the same routes in forest blocks in short time periods as it impacts negatively on forest operations overall.

With more events planned for the remainder of 2017 including the prestigious FIA World Rally Championship round, Wales Rally GB in October, there remains a busy schedule of work planned for the rest of the year.

Jamie Edwards, Managing Director of Rally4Wales Contracts Limited:

“It’s pleasing that the model we designed from scratch following the successful Rally4Wales campaign of 2016 is working well.  Feedback from a wide range of sources is positive and we’re pleased that both NRW and rallies themselves are seeing the benefits of the roads being repaired so soon after events to an agreed professional standard. There remain challenges though as the sport needs to strongly consider how it allocates future forestry usage in Wales.

This needs to be done sustainably in order to ensure that we keep access to the forests and short-term repairs purely for rallying’s sake are avoided.  It’s time for the sport to look hard at this process for the longer term to ensure that the good work that has commenced already can be built upon for many more years to come.”

Dave Liddy, Motorsport Co-Ordinator for Natural Resources Wales:

“We look after a lot of different sites across Wales where people can enjoy the natural environment, right on their doorstep.  “The forest roads at some of these sites have achieved legendary status in the world of rallying.  “We have been working really well with Rally4Wales so fans can continue to enjoy the sport, while also making sure the forest roads of Wales are looked after.”

Paul Loveridge, Chairman of the Welsh Association of Motor Clubs (WAMC):

“WAMC would like to congratulate Rally4Wales in achieving the 100-mile landmark.  Their foresight has safeguarded Welsh forest Rallying for years to come.  The standard of their work is to a very high level that can only be to the benefit of Welsh loose surface rallying. Well done to all concerned!”

Rally4Wales works with appointed local suppliers in Wales to deliver repairs to the forest roads.  The company makes use of plant equipment ranging from graders, vibrating rollers, JCB’s and tractors when on site and operates in the role of principle contractor under the terms of CDM 2015.  The company was set up from scratch in January 2017 to mobilise in time for events being held in February.

Free copies of the report created to mark the 100 mile repair are available from the link here below:

100 Miles R4WC Web Release Final

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