Cheshire East Council’s highways teams geared up for winter weather

CEC gritters ready for action 2

Cheshire East Council's highways teams are geared up to face the coming winter weather.

The aim is to keep the roads moving and, as winter approaches, the Council says the teams are prepared to work around the clock to keep the borough's key routes open and safe.

Salt stocks have been replenished and the highways service's 19 gritters are on standby to treat Cheshire East's road network. 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.

The gritting teams will treat up to 1,200 kilometres (750 miles) of road, when wintry conditions are predicted by our weather forecasting systems, to keep key routes and services running as normal. The gritters, which feature location trackers, will be on standby 24 hours a day, seven days a week until the end of April and fill up from our stocks in the north and south of the borough.

Councillor Don Stockton, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for environment, said: "Our winter season can stretch over a six-month period. We started treating the high routes as early as 6 October this season, so it was crucial that our gritters were ready and our salt stocks remain high.

"Winter weather can be extremely unpredictable, so we monitor the weather conditions closely to ensure that our gritting routes are treated at the right time. We also urge residents to take great care when driving or walking when it's icy or snowing.

"Although we treat nearly half of Cheshire East's road network, we cannot ensure that every road will be clear of snow and ice all the time, especially on untreated roads."

Cheshire East's gritting vehicles can also be tracked as they treat the network at:

Cheshire East Highways


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Pete Taylor
Saturday 27th October 2018 at 9:56 pm
Fabulous news; I am full of confidence that the privatised CEC Highways will perform as they have done for the last several years. Well-done; we look forward to reading the forecast versus actual billing on this account.

Um; it's been a "bit" over-budget since day one.

47% of local authorities who out-sourced their services have already taken them back in house to save money; according to the Daily Telegraph.
Pete Taylor
Sunday 28th October 2018 at 7:10 am
News this morning is that local Councils will receive extra funding for road maintenance of £420M from central government. Hopefully that will help, however the Asphalt Industry Alliance says it will cost £8Billion to fix all potholes properly. Staggering sums which, of course, will come from taxation.
Terry Roeves
Monday 29th October 2018 at 9:24 am
Classic get out para at the end. We cannot ensure ......
Pointless PR, since it’s a given surely that our roads are salted and gritted.
Or isn’t it anymore? All the more reason to sign the petition imho.