Local Depots Prepared for Gritting Ahead of Winter
Three depots in Brixworth, Towcester and Wellingborough are officially on standby and fully stocked with tonnes of salt ready to grit ahead of the cold weather this winter.
The 20 strong gritting team will provide West Northamptonshire Council and North Northamptonshire Council a fully resourced service throughout the new season.
Northamptonshire Highways has made sure that drivers, like last year will have enhanced technology so that the need for two people in a gritter is not required unless there is heavy snow, meaning Covid-safety will still be a priority. The technology also provides route data and feeds back to the snow desk to ensure gritters are on route and safe.
Cllr Phil Larratt, West Northamptonshire Council's Cabinet Member for environment, transport, highways and waste, said: "Our aim is to make Northamptonshire's roads as safe as possible, to ensure people can travel with a minimum of delay and disruption, whatever the weather throws at us this winter."
Northamptonshire's roads will have weather stations and sensors to return temperature readings every 15 minutes and weather forecasts every hour. A team monitors the sensors 24 hours a day.
Individual roads from the precautionary network will be gritted when forecasts predict the weather will drop below 0.5degC for that area.
Additionally, 1,500 grit bins have been filled for use on public roads and footpaths. If you see a grit bin empty, please report it on StreetDoctor.
Posted: Fri, 22 Oct 2021 11:05 by Georgia Connor