14 January 2010

Northamptonshire County Council along with its highways service provider, MGWSP, is working around the clock on the county’s roads to ensure roads are clear and safe for travel.

The gritting fleet left the three depots last night at 6:00pm treating priority routes around the county as temperatures dropped below freezing. The thaw and sleet yesterday made conditions dangerous with ice forming on road and footway surfaces and, today, with conditions remaining icy and foggy drivers are being urged to drive with care and leave good stopping distances.

The council will continue to salt footways in major pedestrian and shopping areas and inspections are taking place around the county to establish where needs are greatest for both footways and highways.

The council received deliveries of salt yesterday at all three depots and this means that the salting of priority routes around the county will continue as per the winter maintenance policy.

The government continues to request that stocks are conserved and savings made and, to comply with these guidelines, a mix of salt and grit is being used.

This mix will also be used for the treatment of the footways and refilling of the bins which the council is continuing to do. Refills for bins can be requested through Street Doctor – telephone number 0845 601 1113.

Exams continue at county schools, and the council has been responding to requests for salting treatments to ensure pupils and staff have safe access.

In light of the prolonged adverse weather conditions the council is aware of the accelerated and worsening deterioration of the network and this is being addressed, although it will take some time to work through the backlog of repairs. Today crews are not on snow duty until further notice and this resource in being used widely to address the defects that have appeared.

Overnight it will stay predominantly cloudy and misty with the risk of a little drizzle. Temperatures will continue to hover around 0°C.