Efforts stepped up to make roads snow-free

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EXTRA measures have been put in place to ensure Portsmouth’s roads are better protected this winter.

New push-along machines that use brushes to clear snow – called Tracmasters – have been bought to deal with snow due to the poor standard of some equipment used before.

More powerful horns have also been installed on gritters to make road users more aware they are there.

And it’s been identified there needs to be better communication between the police, Portsmouth City Council and Colas when roads are closed due to poor weather.

Colas is responsible for the upkeep of the city’s roads as part of a private finance initiative contract (PFI) with the council.

Juanita Rogers, the council’s PFI network assistant said: ‘With a very cold winter forecast it is important we’re prepared to cope as best we can with the weather, and our winter maintenance plan ensures we are.’