Wet roads could pose problem this winter

The crashed car on Havant Road, Hayling Island. Credit: Hampshire Roads Policing (@HantsPolRoads)

Car crashes into hedge and brick wall on Hayling Island

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DRIVERS are warned to take care this winter as wet autumn weather could cause icy roads this winter.

According to the Met Office, this summer was the wettest in 100 years and the Environment Agency says that rivers are full and the ground is saturated following further wet weather in September and October.

Hampshire County Council deputy leader Cllr Mel Kendal said: ‘We have recently experienced our first frosts of the winter.

‘Our salting teams have been out treating Hampshire’s main routes but, although temperatures may rise slightly in the days to come, drivers still need to take care as some roads may be covered with deep puddles.

‘The council takes road safety extremely seriously and invests heavily to maintain and improve the 5,000 plus miles of road in the county.

‘The road network is a vital support for our regional economy and people need to be safe when going about their day-to-day business.’

He added the authority’s strategic programme Operation Resilience aims to make the county’s roads resilient to the effects of weather extremes and increased traffic levels.