Posted: Tue 8th Mar 2016

Winter Weather Information

news.wales / newyddion.cymru
This article is old - Published: Tuesday, Mar 8th, 2016

Winter weather conditions expected across the County Borough over the next few days and our dedicated Streetcare Team is doing all it can to keep us safe on the roads. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Our mountain roads and high ground are treated as soon as the Council receives reports of sub-zero temperatures, ice and the possibility of snow. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Even though it is now March, it is still possible to have snow and wintry conditions and it’s good to know we are in safe hands when inclement weather hits. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The Council’s Out of Hours 24/7 Response Team is ready for action whenever needed. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The Council currently has 20 purpose-built gritting vehicles that are deployed across the County Borough, driven by the winter maintenance teams during snow and icy conditions to keep residents moving in inclement weather. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The team maintains 1,250km of carriageways and undertakes pro-active winter service between the core period of October 1 and April 30. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

In a single run of the Precautionary Salting Network (i.e. priority routes), staff cover a length of 267 miles – that’s the equivalent of travelling from Aberdare to Lake Windermere! Between 50 and 70 tonnes of salt is spread per run during this time (depending on the weather forecast). ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

To help the teams, technology has been installed in the vehicles that will help them to navigate around the routes. This technology also automatically turns salt on and off, resulting in less wastage. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Residents are reminded that during periods of inclement weather it is important that cars are parked safely so that gritting lorries can get through and treat the roads. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

They are also reminded that grit bins are there to treat public highways and footpaths, not personal drives. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​



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