Rotherham’s geared up for winterPublished Wednesday, 23rd November 2016
With the weather expected to become colder over the coming weeks, over 5,000 tonnes of rock salt is currently stockpiled in the purpose-built salt barn at the Council's Hellaby depot.
The winter salting programme carried out by the Council’s highways team ensures that over 300 miles of the borough’s busiest roads, including all main bus routes, are treated with salt in advance of any forecast ice or snow.
Ten priority routes are treated as a precautionary measure before forecast ice or snow occurs, which takes the gritting teams up to three hours to complete.
In the event of heavy snowfall, once traffic on the priority routes is flowing freely, all available resources are focused on community routes and estate roads across the borough.
Karen Hanson, Rotherham Council’s Assistant Director for Community Safety and Street Scene said: “Once the priority routes are clear, we make every effort to respond to individual requests for assistance received from residents.
“As well as clearing the roads, we also have hand-salting teams on hand to clear snow and ice from areas where people are most at risk - such as near schools, sheltered housing and busier footways.
“In the event of severe snowfall, we’d urge motorists to only travel when it’s absolutely necessary. Our gritting crews need time to do their job - as well as space. If everyone is trying to drive when it starts to snow, then the spreaders and snowploughs cannot do their job properly.”
Ten state-of-the-art salting lorries, more commonly known as gritters, will be ready to deliver the salt to Rotherham’s roads, driven by a team of 40 City & Guilds qualified drivers who are on stand-by 24 hours a day, seven days a week between November and March.
Over the winter season regular Tweets will be sent out from the Council’s Twitter feed, @RMBCPress, keeping members of the public informed of weather conditions and the works being carried out. Look for the hashtag #SYGrit.
Pictured are Karen Hanson (left) Rotherham Council's Assistant Director for Community Safety and Street Scene, and Cllr Emma Hoddinott, Cabinet Member for Waste, Roads and Community Safety, at the Council's Hellaby Depot salt stores.