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Road crews on winter standby from the weekend
HIGHWAY crews in Gloucestershire are going on official winter standby.
From tonight, 82 road workers and 33 gritting vehicles that make up the county’s winter response team go into around the clock winter alert mode.
And with storm warnings issued for Wales and southern England Monday, these crews are prepared to deal with any emergency weather response required over the next week.
Teams have already completed test runs, inspected winter maintenance equipment and been briefed on this year’s winter response plans.
When winter weather hits they are prepared to treat all primary routes – which includes all A, B and some C roads and routes to emergency services like hospitals and fire stations as well as most frequent bus routes.
If time and resources allow they will also treat a secondary route of local bus routes and more rural roads.
This year the county is starting winter with 12,600 of salt following the opening of a new salt dome in Cirencester.
There are 418 snow warden and snow plough volunteers right across Gloucestershire who inform the county council of conditions in outlying rural areas and help clear roads of snow.
The county council has this year delivered an additional 18 salt hand spreaders and over 5,600 bags of salt to local town and parish councils so local communities can treat local pavements and problem areas.
Road crews have also been out across the county filling up grit bins in rural or problem areas, like steep hills or bends, so neighbourhoods can treat them themselves.
Vernon Smith, Cabinet member for roads and flood, said: “Our road crews are the first line of defence in winter weather, and they put in tremendous effort battling against the elements around the clock to keep the county moving.
“I would like to thank crews for their dedication braving the weather at all hours so we can go about our daily lives.”
Winter response updates will be posted on Twitter via @GlosHighways and @GlosCC. Twitter users can also follow the hashtag #grittertwitter
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