15 May 2019

Highways chiefs at Northamptonshire County Council have thanked the dedicated workers who have kept the county’s highways clear of snow and ice during the 2018/2019 winter season.

Cllr Ian Morris, county council cabinet member for Transport, Highways and Environment thanked the workforce at a reception at the Long Buckby Rugby Club.
 
Highways managers also offered their praise to the Northamptonshire Highways operatives and all the staff behind the scenes including the fleet services who have worked tirelessly throughout.

Cllr Morris said:

 

“Over the past few months the crew has worked to keep our county moving during the winter season and done an excellent job of keeping the roads open.

“I think when a team of people does such an excellent job it’s important that they receive the recognition they deserve.”

Highways workers went on 72 grit runs this winter season and faced temperatures as low as minus -7.5C.

A total of 8,108 tonnes of gritting salt has been distributed on the county network.

A total length of about 955 miles of road in the county receives precautionary gritting by the fleet of 19 gritting lorries on each run.

Changes to the gritting network were introduced at the start of the winter season. A further set of intermediate routes were then introduced in February.

The changes in February were made possible by the continued strengthening of spending controls at the county council and a commitment of financial assistance from Northampton Borough Council, if required.