22 January 2010

Highways chiefs at Northamptonshire County Council will be rolling up their sleeves and serving up teas and coffees to the dedicated workers who have kept the county’s highways clear of snow and ice during the severe winter weather to thank them for their efforts.

Council leader Cllr Jim Harker and cabinet member for environment, growth and transport Cllr Heather Smith will thank the 110-strong workforce at a reception at Wellingborough Rugby Club on Tuesday, January 26.

The council’s head of transport and highways, David Farquhar, will also offer his praise to the MGWSP contractors and all the staff behind the scenes including the fleet services who have worked tirelessly throughout.

Cllr Heather Smith said: “Over the past few weeks the crew has worked around the clock to keep our county moving during the severe winter weather and done an excellent job of keeping the roads open.

“They worked over the Christmas and New Year period to keep the highways safe and after that the weather got even worse, meaning that they had to give up even more time and effort.

“I think when a team of people does such an excellent job it’s important that they receive the recognition they deserve.”

Highways workers have gone on more than 50 grit runs so far this winter season and faced temperatures as low as minus 9C. A total of 12,750 tonnes of gritting salt has been distributed on the county network.

A total length of about 1,128 miles of road in the county receives precautionary gritting by the fleet of 27 gritting lorries on each run. This represents 43 per cent of the total network in the county. In addition there are considerable numbers of footpaths and secondary routes that have also received treatment.