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Highways teams fully prepared

By Staf Newsletter  |  Posted: January 21, 2013

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HIGHWAYS teams across Staffordshire are leaving nothing to chance as the cold snap continues.

Crews were out over the weekend responding to snow and icy conditions, gritting roads and attempting to minimise disruptions to motorists and ensure their safety.

Highways chief, county councillor Mike Maryon said although the forecast was for bright spells in the days to come, there were also likely to be continuing light flurries and possibly more snow moving in from the west overnight resulting in a widespread hard frost on the roads, particularly tomorrow morning.

“We are expecting more snow and frost which will make driving difficult on some roads,” he said. “The Met Office has issued a yellow ice warning for the county as the freeze is set to continue.

“I would urge people to plan their journeys, check our website for traffic updates and stay vigilant.”

Councillor Maryon thanked motorists for their co-operation to date and said highways teams were fully prepared and would continue to grit roads making them safer and keep traffic on the move.

Over the weekend a fleet of 55 gritters and 60 snowploughs was deployed, gritting minor roads and reducing the impact of the snow showers, with the county council using around 5,000 tonnes of salt.

An additional stockpile in the Moorlands of 10,000 tonnes purchased over the past few years mean there is little chance of running out.

Councillor Maryon said: “Our dedicated highways teams have been working round the clock and their dedication has meant that they’ve been able to keep disruptions, caused by severe conditions under control.

“Communities can play their part too by helping to clear local snow covered footways, checking on neighbours and driving carefully if they are out and about on our roads.”

For up to the minute information visit our Staffordshire Snow page here and to contribute simply send a message on Twitter using the hashtag staffssnow.

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