Council hopes to keep drivers moving through icy weather

Cllr Rob Humby (left) with Matthew Riches (right) Skanksa's business director for Hampshire Highways
Cllr Rob Humby (left) with Matthew Riches (right) Skanksa's business director for Hampshire Highways
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HAMPSHIRE County Council has brought in a new fleet of salting vehicles, to combat the upcoming icy weather.

The Hampshire Highways group has been armed with additional vehicles for the winter months.

These new vehicles not only have more efficient engines at SatNav guidance, but have built-in automatic salting programmes, adjustable salting width and store a record of which roads have already been treated.

Councillor Rob Humby, executive member for environment and transport, says that the vehicles will soon be put into action.

He said: ‘Highways teams monitor conditions constantly, from October through to April, and send out the gritters when road surface temperatures are set to hit zero or below.

‘The latest technology fitted in the new winter fleet means that salting operations are as efficient as possible, that salting is accurate, and there is no salt wasted.

‘We’ve got a full stock of salt for the winter, with 20,000 tonnes of salt ready in barns which are strategically placed across Hampshire, and stocks are topped up when needed.

‘During severe weather, everyone can do their bit in their community to keep pavements and smaller roads clear of ice, by using the salt provided in the blue or yellow community salt bins.

‘All it takes is about one tablespoon of salt to treat one square metre of road.

‘So, used sparingly, a full salt bin should last through the worst of a severe winter.’

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