13 January 2010

Northamptonshire County Council’s discussions with the Government to secure immediate deliveries of salt have been a success with a delivery of 650 tonnes expected into the depots today and a further delivery anticipated later in the week.

This ensures the council is in the position of being able to continue working to policy. The council continues to closely monitor stock reserves and is making decisions daily as to the best way to preserve salt stocks while maintaining safe, clear roads and footways. Crews worked throughout the night on the county's roads as snow came to the county, mainly in the south at first.

Working across the whole network, the fleet was out at 1:00am salting and with ploughs fitted. A decision was made to send the ploughs out again at 4:00am from the Towcester depot to address the heavier snowfall in the south of the county. At this time the remaining crews were on standby and left Brixworth at 6:00am, ploughing and salting the roads. Crews from Towcester and Rushden began their runs at 8:00am.

Much of the network has a good covering of residual salt but the refilling of salt bins will continue. Refills can be requested through Street Doctor – telephone number 0845 601 1113.

Main shopping and pedestrianised areas will continue to receive salting treatment where it is necessary.

Today snow showers are expected throughout the day and are expected to move north. They are expected to be mainly light with some heavier bursts, with accumulations in some areas of up to 5 cms. Temperatures will remain around freezing and the risk of ice will remain.

As always, drivers are being asked to take care, particularly on untreated smaller roads.