Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Highways team ready for winter

The highways team at Bath & North East Somerset Council have begun their preparations for winter by stocking up on gritting salt, refilling grit bins and making sure its fleet of gritting lorries are ready. 2,176 tonnes of salt has been procured and is in dry storage at the council’s Clutton depot, with all 434 […]

Essex Highways to start winter service

Essex Highways is launching its winter service this week. Crews have been familiarising themselves with gritting routes in preparation for the colder months. Routes prioritise main roads, access to emergency facilities and busy bus routes. They also prioritise areas where frost and ice have caused accidents. Essex Highways’ 49 gritters, plus two mini gritters, cover approximately […]

New weather stations to help get England’s motorways and A-roads ready for winter

With winter approaching, National Highways is investing £15.4m in new state-of-the-art network of weather stations, including supporting infrastructure, that will provide real-time data of road conditions.  As the clocks go back this weekend, the organisation is ready for the winter season with more than 530 gritters to call upon in adverse conditions and around 280,000 […]

Aberdeenshire Council sets winter operations in motion

With the darker nights drawing in and temperatures starting to fall, Aberdeenshire Council is once again putting its winter operations into motion to ensure it can respond to whatever the weather throws at it in the coming months. Staff again demonstrated outstanding levels of teamwork and dedication at the start of the year as they battled to keep the 3,500-mile roads […]

Roads team in North Ayrshire clicks into gear ahead of winter

North Ayrshire Council’s Roads team has been out across the region with snowploughs – before there has even been a single flake of snow. An annual dry run has been carried out by North Ayrshire Council to ensure its fleet of snow clearing and gritting vehicles is ready to hit the road before the wintry […]

2023/24 winter maintenance plan approved for Nairnshire

The Winter Maintenance Plan for Nairnshire for winter 2023/24 has been approved by Members of the Area Committee, who met on 7 August 2023. Nairnshire Area Committee Chair, Cllr Michael Green, said: “Winter can be very harsh here in the Highlands, therefore, it’s crucial we put plans in place early to ensure the gritting policy, […]

Norfolk County Council to install road sensors to help with gritting routes

New temperature-monitoring sensors are to be installed on more of Norfolk’s roads – to help save money by stopping some unnecessary gritting runs. Norfolk County Council is to use the sensors, after studies showed thousands of pounds had been saved by not sending grit teams out to treat roads that were not cold enough to need treatment. A […]

Powys Council to consider winter service review

A public engagement exercise into the next stage of the Powys roads winter service review has now come to an end. The six-week survey asked the people of Powys, partner organisations, local members and town and community councils to have a say in the review process of how Powys roads are categorised and serviced during […]

Was it a colder or milder than average winter in Oxfordshire?

Oxfordshire County Council’s gritters covered nearly 50,000 miles over the space of five months this winter and travelled a distance the equivalent of Oxford to Iceland on every day that they hit the county’s roads “The gritters are always a good indication of what kind of winter we’ve had and the statistics for the 2022/3 […]


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