A FLEET of new snow blowers designed to clear footways during severe winter weather have been set up ready for action by Warwickshire County Council.
The four snow blowers have been positioned at strategic locations around the county to enable highways teams to tackle any extreme conditions on the ground.
The machines are able to carve a 24-inch wide path and cut through up to 20-inches deep. They are capable of processing up to 50 tonnes of snow per hour.
Cllr Peter Butlin, Warwickshire County Council’s Portfolio Holder for Highways and Transport, said: “In the event of severe weather, our highways teams will continue to work extremely hard to keep the county’s roads clear.
“We have bought in some snow blowers as an additional tool to clear large quantities of snow from footways. We also have a fleet of gritters covering the county’s roads and snow wardens helping clear ice and snow in their communities.”
Residents can keep up to date on the treatment of Warwickshire’s roads in winter weather through a new ‘Gritter Twitter’ site.
By following twitter.com/warksgritting motorists will receive the latest information on the gritting activity being carried out by Warwickshire Highways teams.
Warwickshire Highways will be working to ensure the main roads are accessible. Details of these routes, and more information of the impact on county council services, is available on our website at www.warwickshire.gov.uk/gritting
The focus on keeping the 1,760km primary routes as clear as possible and gritting other routes as resources became available.
Cllr Butlin added: “Our gritters cover thousands of miles to keep Warwickshire moving in wintery conditions and ensure that as many roads as possible remain clear and safe.
“Motorists should also remember to drive safely in wintry weather conditions. Please make sure everything is working correctly on the car before you set off, take care at all times on the roads and adjust your driving as necessary.”
Warwickshire’s highway network extends a total of 3,820km (2,865 miles). It is not possible to treat the entire network due to narrow rural routes, densely parked residential streets and resource constraints.
At the start of the season, Warwickshire County Council stocked approximately 14,000 tonnes of salt ready for winter gritting. Warwickshire Highways grit 46 per cent of the county’s roads, which is higher than comparable local authorities.
In the event of snow, the www.warwickshire.gov.uk/snow will provide updates on gritting, school closures, social care disruption, library closures, household waste recycling centres and country parks.