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Winter - bring it on.

October 26, 2018 10:02 PM
By Your WC (edited)

Your WC claims its winter maintenance team is more prepared than in previous years to keep traffic running smoothly over the cold period.

13,000 tonnes of salt is in stock in six storage sites. Weather stations in key areas provide real time information and assist in producing accurate forecasts to ensure the gritters are sent out at the right time.

It can take up to 140 tonnes of salt to grit Wiltshire's A and B roads and 230 tonnes to salt an extended list of roads during prolonged cold weather.

During winter people can have updates on both the weather and road conditions on Twitter by following @WiltshireWinter and @WiltshireRoads

There are 24 gritters ready to treat the primary network - that is 25% of the county's roads including primary A and B roads, and 50% of the network in severe conditions.

The gritters cover 726 miles and spread 150 tonnes of salt each time they go out on the primary network.

Although they're called gritters and what they do is called gritting, they don't spread grit. It's salt.

A dedicated team of duty engineers monitors the weather 24/7 during the season, supported by highways staff and a team of 24 drivers on standby. Farmers and other specialist contractors are also on standby to help with snow ploughing

1,600 salt bins are being filled for use on local, lightly used roads and pavements. Parish and town councils which have requested them have been given 1 tonne bags of rock salt.

Last winter the gritters went out 80 times on the primary network, and 12,200 tonnes of salt were spread on Wiltshire's roads.

There's a dry run at the start of each winter season - no salt is spread, but residents will see gritters on the designated gritting network during the day as drivers familiarise themselves with the routes.