07 January 2010

MGWSP, the highways service provider for Northamptonshire County Council, salted priority routes throughout the county from 6:00pm last night in anticipation of severe frost and temperatures plummeting to -9°C.

Snow moved out of the county but crews were out from 3:00am this morning salting routes in the south of Northamptonshire where the temperatures were at their lowest.

Yesterday 10 crews continued, when not needed for salting duties, to refill bins and salt major pedestrian and shopping areas. This salting of footways and refilling of bins will continue daily and we anticipate that the 1,729 bins will take a week to replenish.

Two of MGWSP's gritting team Huge piles of salt are stored in readiness for Winter weather MGWSP's fleet of 27 gritting lorries await the wintry weather
A gritting lorry at the MGWSP depot Gritting lorries are mobilised as the weather conditions worsen The MGWSP team leave the depot to salt the county's transport network

Again, we urge people to remember that the salt is provided for public footways and salt should not be taken for private use.

Today, as the weather is drier and only occasional light snow showers are forecast, crews are able to address the priority 3 routes to ensure those travelling on more minor routes can do so safely and that further routes remain open. These vehicles have been out since 8:30am and will be carrying out ad hoc salting where it is necessary.