06 January 2010

MGWSP, the highways service provider for Northamptonshire County Council, has been salting the county’s roads throughout the night and is continuing to treat and plough routes across the county.

Salting was carried out by the fleet of 27 vehicles at 10:00pm last night. Towards the end of the three-hour run conditions worsened with 3-4 inches of snow settling on many of the major routes.

Vehicles had snow ploughs fitted and were used to clear the roads affected. The south of the county was worst hit and the county council worked with neighbouring county councils, as part of cross border arrangements, ensuring roads were kept open.

Two inches of snow is expected this afternoon, although this will move south of the county by early evening with temperatures expected to drop to minus 8°C.

Footways in the main shopping areas and pedestrian areas were gritted yesterday to prepare them for icy conditions and the situation is being monitored continually.

The 1,729 salt bins across the county are being refilled with the staff resource available. People are being asked to remember these are for public footways and salt should not be taken for private use.

As always, drivers are being asked to take care, particularly on untreated minor roads. Motorists are being urged to leave plenty of time for their journeys and drive appropriately for the road conditions and, where possible, stick to main roads. When travelling please be aware that stopping distances are increased due to possible ice and poor visibility. Motorists are also being asked to be aware that treated roads may still be icy.