08 January 2010

Northamptonshire County Council is continuing to receive regular forecasts to determine what decision to take regarding salting of the road network as per the agreed policy. With conditions being dry today, and residual salt still on road surfaces, the decision has been made for crews to continue salting major pedestrian and shopping areas and bin refilling. A salting run county-wide is anticipated at about midnight.

The council is looking to make extra resources available over the weekend to address those footways that have not been treated and to continue filling salt bins. The council is also in the process of continuing and expanding arrangements to deliver salt supplies to borough and district councils which will use these to carry out additional footway treatments.

The Government Office has made a decision to take control of salt supplies and, as a result of this, the council is unsure when further salt deliveries will be received. Although the council is having to be very prudent it is currently continuing to deliver its policy and has not reduced the length of network treated. However the monitoring of stock levels is now critically important.

However, the county council would like to reassure the public that it is the intention to maintain a full winter service over the weekend including gritting of footways and refilling grit bins and this decision has been made based on the latest weather predictions. If, in the case of severe adverse weather over the weekend, a decision will need to be taken as to the best way to preserve stocks of salt whilst maintaining safe and clear roads and footways.

As always, drivers are being asked to take care, particularly on untreated smaller roads. Road users who decide to travel are advised to check road conditions and the weather forecast for their planned route. 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 drivers should be aware that stopping distances are increased and sufficient distance should be left between vehicles to brake and stop safely.