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 […]

A successful, busy winter season comes to an end in Worcestershire

More than 5,000 tonnes of salt has been spread this winter covering almost 70,000 miles of roads in total across Worcestershire. The gritting season has now come to end after starting, as it does each year, in October and with the risk of sub-zero temperatures being unlikely. Worcestershire County Council has carried out 54 gritting […]

Powys roads winter service review agreed by cabinet

Proposals to review the way Powys roads are serviced during the winter months were considered and agreed by Powys County Council’s Cabinet this week. The road network within Powys stretches more than 5,500 km and is made up of county roads (maintained and managed by Powys County council) and trunk roads (maintained and managed by […]

Gritting routes are ‘sexist’ says Cambridgeshire councillor

Winter gritting routes need to change to not just favour ‘getting men to work in cars,’ according to a Cambridgeshire County Councillor. Cllr Alex Beckett said the network is “primarily focused on getting men to work in cars” and that can “leave active travel users counting the costs with broken limbs”. The comments, from the […]


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