18 February 2010

Northamptonshire County Council, working with its highways service provider MGWSP, has its winter salting teams on standby 24 hours a day.

The fleet of 27 vehicles carried out two salting runs last night leaving the depots at 6:00pm and 3:30am to ensure roads were clear and safe for the morning rush hour.

The fleet has just left the three depots (3:00pm) to salt priority routes although many routes do have residual salt on them. Although not settling too much at the moment, roads are slippery with the sleet. However snow will start to accumulate from about 4:00pm as the snow fall gets heavier.

The temperature later today will drop to below zero and up to 8cms of snow is anticipated, particularly on higher ground. There will also be areas of frost and ice.

Further decisions will be made throughout the night with regards to additional salting and use of snow ploughs.

Northamptonshire has received deliveries of salt over the last week and Northamptonshire County Council is confident that supplies are adequate for any forthcoming adverse weather. However, in order to comply with national guidance and conserve salt stocks a mixture of salt/grit is being used.

Salt bins across the county have been replenished and people are asked to request refills by contacting The Street Doctor on 0845 601 1113 or use the online streetdoctor reporting system.

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.

To request a safer Winter Driving leaflet please email info@mgwsp.co.uk