I thought you might find it interesting to know how the County Council Highways crews deploy themselves to keep the County moving.
Winter crews are on standby 24/7. Highways teams constantly monitor road and air temperatures and localised weather forecasts to ensure the winter salting fleet treats the road network at the right time, day or night.
Salting lorries across Hampshire treat the roads on a priority basis: priority one routes carry the majority of traffic and include A roads, some B roads, major bus routes, roads to emergency services, large schools and public transport areas. These roads carry around 85% of the traffic in Hampshire. In addition, winter crews will be treating extra ‘Community routes’ to help with access to community facilities such as doctors’ surgeries and smaller schools. The timing of road salting runs is crucial, as the impact of salt may not be as effective as usual if washed away by rain or sleet.
If 5cm of snow is forecast snow ploughs will be deployed. There are also 100+ farmers who can be mobilised to assist in rural locations.
Locally we can do our bit by using the salt bins. Spreading a small amount of salt onto pavements or smaller access roads will make a big impact on ice and frozen snow.
Taking extra care during cold weather is important for everyone, particularly people who are more vulnerable to suffering ill health due to the cold, such as babies and very young children (under 5 years), older people (75+ years), people with pre-existing medical conditions.
If anyone is worried about an elderly neighbour or relative they should call Hampshire County Council’s Adult’s Health and Care team on 0300 555 1386, during the week in working hours, or call 0300 555 1373 out of hours and on weekends and Bank Holidays.