Wet roads treated to keep county moving

Southsea seafront. Picture: Keith Woodland

WEATHER AND TRAVEL: Wet and blustery start but roads are celar

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DRIVERS are being urged to take extra care on Hampshire’s roads as the cold snap is set to continue.

Highways teams at Hampshire County Council are on standby and salting lorries are ready to treat the main roads in the county.

Conditions are extra slippery because of the recent heavy rain still making the roads wet – which could freeze to ice if not treated.

Councillor Mel Kendal, the council’s executive member for environment and transport, said: ‘Our highways teams have already had a very busy week dealing with fallen trees and flooded roads across Hampshire, due to all the rain and wind.

‘Now with the prospect of falling temperatures, all road users need to continue to take extra care in the coming days to drive and cycle safely.

‘Owing to the saturated ground, and with some surface water systems still struggling to cope, we are likely to experience problems with seepage and standing water which means an increased risk of ice on the county’s road network.

‘Our salting teams have already been out treating Hampshire’s main routes this week and are ready for further icy weather.’

For more information see hants.gov.uk/roads/