30 November 2010

Northamptonshire County Council’s gritting fleet has been out twice since opening the snow desk at 6:00 p.m. last night.

After an initial run at 7:00 p.m. the 27-strong fleet went out again at 11:00 p.m. – this time fitted with snow ploughs to ensure the county’s priority routes were clear and treated for the start of the morning rush hour.

Snow fell most heavily on northern parts of the county: on the A43, A427, A47, A6003 Rockingham to Cottingham and Rockingham Hill.

It is expected that the snow desk, a manned control hub which co-ordinates the gritting fleet, will continue to operate until at least 6:00 p.m. today.

Gritting crews are currently on standby, patrolling the county. Priority 1 footways are being inspected and cleared if required while grit bins across the county are being checked and refilled where necessary.

A spokesman for the county council said: “We urge people to use these bins if necessary but to remember that they are for public use for pavements and roads. The grit is not intended for use on private drives.

“As always, 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.”

Scattered snow showers are expected this morning, occasionally heavy, perhaps leaving a further inch of snow in places.

There may be further snow showers this afternoon, although the heaviest showers will remain to the north of the county.