22 February 2010

Northamptonshire County Council, along with its highways service provider MGWSP, has the snow desk operational and is monitoring the situation around the clock.

Last night the fleet treated priority routes across Northamptonshire as snow fell throughout the night. This ensured commuters could get to work, and schools could open after the half term holidays.

The decision has been taken for the fleet of 27 gritters to treat the network at 7:00pm this evening.

In terms of salt supplies the county council is adhering to the guidelines introduced by the Government Office for the East Midlands which currently manages the supply of salt. Supplies are being monitoring closely and ordered on a daily basis as we need it. For the period where salt deliveries are limited, MGWSP will continue to implement ways to reserve stocks and, to comply with national guidance, will be using a mix of salt and sand.

Temperatures tonight are expected to drop as low as -2°C. The forecast does indicate that there may be further light snow fall tomorrow night but that this will move away and be replaced by rain.

Drivers are being asked to take care, particularly on untreated smaller 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.