All set for the winter season
PUBLISHED: 16:00 16 November 2015
The Suffolk Highways team is set for the winter season.
From now until early spring next year, it will continue to closely monitor weather conditions around the clock on Suffolk’s highways and byways.
Roads are prioritised into two main categories for winter treatment – these two categories cover about 51 per cent of all roads maintained by Suffolk County Council.
When ice or snow is forecast, a salt mix is used to treat all A and B roads, 24-hour fire stations, accident and emergency hospitals, and roads to/from main bus and rail stations.
Information from weather forecasts and the county’s own weather monitoring stations around the highway network enable the highly trained staff to accurately plan and deliver these winter services.
Almost 1,250 miles (2,000km) of Suffolk’s road network receive precautionary treatment to keep them ice-free.
The county has 39 gritters located at eight strategic depots (Ipswich, Rougham, Depden, Mildenhall, Broome, Halesworth, Melton and Mobbs Way in Lowestoft).
Suffolk retains a stock of more than 24,000 tonnes of salt mix, as well as having access to further reserves should prolonged severe weather occur.
Suffolk cabinet member for highways and transport, James Finch, said: “Our winter service plan has been carefully developed to ensure that all of our winter operations maximise the resources we have available and the routes we have to treat.
“All of our routes are regularly checked and the fleet of maintenance vehicles has been fully serviced ahead of this winter. Our staff will be working hard to ensure we keep the roads of Suffolk clear of ice and snow.
“I am confident that Suffolk Highways are prepared for the season ahead, with ample stock of salt at our depots and 39 gritters (plus three mini gritters) on hand to tackle the winter.”
■ Follow Suffolk Highways on Twitter @suff_highways for updates on salting and gritting across the county this winter. For more information go to www.suffolk.gov.uk/gritting