19 February 2010

Northamptonshire County Council, along with its highways service provider MGWSP, is currently monitoring the county network and salting where necessary.

Last night the fleet went out twice to treat the priority routes across the county to ensure roads were clear this morning for the rush hour traffic. Ploughs were fitted to some of the fleet to address areas where it was identified snow had settled more heavily. Footways were treated this morning by teams in major shopping and pedestrian areas.

Although snow fell for a prolonged period of time during the night and settled, much of it thawed this morning creating very wet and slippery conditions.

The snow desk is operational and the fleet if 27 gritters will be salting the network at 7:00pm. Temperatures tonight are expected to drop as low as -7°C. Drivers are being asked to drive according to the conditions and remember that stopping distances are extended. Due to the thaw, the likelihood of ice is high and drivers are asked to be particularly vigilant on minor, more rural roads.

The county council is confident with the current levels of salt supply and that they are adequate for any adverse weather that may occur over the weekend.

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 on this website at Street Doctor.

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