Council says highways teams are geared up for all weathers

Winter gritting

Cheshire East Council says its highways teams are all geared up to face whatever winter weather throws their way in the coming months.

Cheshire East highways' dedicated winter service starts at the end of October and preparations are well underway should the temperature plummet or strong winds impact on driving conditions.

Recent autumn storms saw gangs clearing the roads of fallen trees and other debris and from next month, the service's full-on cold-weather response programme swings into operation.

Salt stocks are high and the service's fleet of 19 gritters are on standby and ready to be mobilised throughout the winter season. Gritting routes are planned and include the recognised high-level roads to the east of the borough, where snow and ice tend to have the most severe impact in extremely cold weather.

Councillor Glen Williams, deputy cabinet member for highways and infrastructure, said: "Using digital technology and Met Office weather warnings, we constantly monitor changes in weather and are able to anticipate sub-zero temperatures and the need to grit our roads. Major transport routes and access routes for emergency services and other key routes, are a priority.

"Although we grit a significant proportion of the borough's 2,700 kilometres of highway, we cannot ensure that all roads will be clear of snow and ice.

"Residents and motorists can be reassured that if things turn unpleasant we are ready to respond. This is also the case where storms and heavy rain can lead to fallen trees and flooding.

"We urge residents to take care in adverse driving conditions or when out walking."

The service can also be contacted on 0300 123 5020 for any enquiries, or to report debris on roads and other hazards.

Cheshire East Council


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Jane Middleton
Wednesday 1st November 2017 at 4:43 pm
I only hope the highways teams can move from A to B and C etc when our roads are now so congested.