Ready to keep Ar­gyll mov­ing in win­ter

Argyllshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

AR­GYLL and Bute coun­cil has re­vealed plans to keep the area mov­ing through­out win­ter.

The coun­cil is pre­par­ing for the cold weather with 38 ve­hi­cles avail­able around the clock and 15,000 tonnes of salt at the ready to tackle snow and ice.

Coun­cil­lor Roddy McCuish said: ‘With our win­ter main­te­nance plan and a budget of £1.645 mil­lion, we’re ready to keep peo­ple on the move.

‘We will be pre-treat­ing more than 30 pri­or­ity routes when freez­ing con­di­tions are fore­cast, which is more than 750 miles of road, fur­ther than the dis­tance from Oban to Brus­sels.

‘The coun­cil is re­spon­si­ble for the vast ma­jor­ity of Ar­gyll and Bute’s road net­work so it’s vi­tal we’re pre­pared. Only the trunk roads – A82, A85, A828 and A83 – don’t fall to us, with Bear Scot­land look­ing af­ter them on be­half of Trans­port Scot­land.

‘We will also treat foot­paths when there is heavy snow or per­sis­tent freez­ing con­di­tions where re­sources al­low, with pri­or­ity given to busy shop­ping ar­eas.’

Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil is pre­par­ing for win­ter.

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