14 January 2013

Northamptonshire County Council is working around the clock to keep routes in the county clear of snow and ice and is currently on standby to go out on another run.

Concentrating on priority routes one and two over the weekend to keep them open has meant that major roads have been treated and made safe. On every salting trip, 27 gritting vehicles cover more than 1,200 miles, which is nearly half of Northamptonshire’s entire road network.

The fleet have been out over the weekend and the last run was at 03:30 hours this morning where roads were pre-treated with salt in preparation for the rush hour this morning. Salting the network helps to melt the snow when it falls but does not clear all the snow once it starts to snow heavily. Salt works best when traffic passes over it as it needs this movement to react and melt snow and ice.

Some snow is expected this morning in areas across the county. For the remainder of this morning snow showers are light. The forecast does not indicate that the snow fall will get heavier but this forecast is changing hourly.

Footways in the main shopping and pedestrianised areas have also been gritted and grit bins will be refilled as necessary. Salt bins are there for the public to use on the highways and footways and people are being urged not to empty these bins for private use. Salt can be purchased for this purpose from DIY shops at very little cost.

Salt supplies are at capacity with each run using about 230 tonnes of salt. Orders have been placed with salt suppliers and deliveries continue to arrive to all three depots - Rushden, Towcester and Brixworth.

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.