Work to keep you on the road this win­ter

Main­te­nence teams be­gin pro­gramme of im­prove­ments on county’s roads and foot­paths be­fore the cold weather re­ally bites

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

With sum­mer a dis­tant mem­ory,area­main­te­nance teams from the group have turned their at­ten­tion to the work needed to pre­pare grass verges on the edge of roads for win­ter.

Dur­ing the sum­mer months, more than 33 mil­lion square me­tres of grass were cut across the county, but now the teams are cut­ting drainage grips on the verges to help wa­ter drain from the road, as well as tidy­ing foot­ways, clear­ing over­hang­ing vege­ta­tion and cut­ting back hedges to en­sure roads and foot­paths are as safe as pos­si­ble for the win­ter months.

Through­out the sum­mer, more thatn 9,050 pot­holes have also been re­paired in or­der to give the roads the best start to the win­ter as pos­si­ble. Grit­ting teams are pre­par­ing for their first trip out, with road tem­per­a­tures and weather re­ports be­ing mon­i­tored in prepa­ra­tion for the first grit­ting run.

This year, 10,500 tonnes of salt are be­ing stored in barns across the county, ready for use when icy weather ar­rives.

Trans­port for Bucks says that it takes de­ci­sions on whether to grit on a daily ba­sis, based on fore­casts and pre­dicted road tem­per­a­tures. If tem­per­a­tures fall be­low zero, crews will be called in to carry out pre­cau­tion­ary salt­ing runs. Once a de­ci­sion has been made about whether or not to treat the roads, the Trans­port for Bucks web­site will be up­dated each day, with Twit­ter alerts on @tf­balerts keep­ing peo­ple in­formed.

Mark Shaw, Bucks County Coun­cil’s cabi­net mem­ber for trans­port, said: “Af­ter last year’s rel­a­tively mild and wet win­ter, we’re pre­pared for all con­di­tions once again this sea­son.

“Thewealthof­ex­pe­ri­ence and knowl­edge within our win­ter teams fills me with con­fi­dence that we can de­liver a top notch ser­vice to keep our roads as safe and se­cure as pos­si­ble.

“We must re­mem­ber, how­ever, that salt is not a cure-all sub­stance, and I’d en­cour­age res­i­dents all to check that ve­hi­cles are ready for the cold weather.”

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