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N E Lincs Council help keep roads moving this winter

North East Lincolnshire Council, working in partnership with Cofely, has been making plans to keep the borough’s roads moving in readiness for the onset of winter
Figures show that whilst last year’s weather was exceptionally stormy and unsettled, temperatures were relatively mild and we had the lowest number of air frosts since 1961.

As a result of the milder weather, only 1,325 tonnes of rock salt was used across the borough’s 293km of treated roads last winter, compared to 2,497 tonnes of rock salt used the year before.

Drivers completed 57 precautionary runs last winter, treating 16,701 km of main treatment routes.

The average number of precautionary runs over the last 10 winters is 69 treatments per winter.

The national outlook from the Met Office is for temperatures in November and early December to be near or above average, but the winter workforce is well prepared in case the cold returns with a bite.

Test runs have taken place to make sure the drivers are familiar with the gritting routes and the gritting lorries and other key equipment has been checked over for when it is needed.

The council’s 2014/15 Highway Winter Service policy and Operational Plan has been revised and approved following discussion and consultation with the emergency services and parish councils to make sure our roads are kept safe and moving freely during the colder weather.

Throughout the winter the team monitors predicted weather conditions closely through a specially designed Met Office Winter Maintenance Report which is received daily.

They can also access site specific data from weather stations across the Humber Region which allows staff to view the local conditions in more detail when required.

Lots of winter weather information and advice is available on the council’s website, www.nelincs.gov.uk/winterservice. There you can find details of everything from our main gritting routes and how much salt we’ve used to winter driving tips and advice on clearing your own footpaths. You can also receive updates by following the council on Twitter, www.twitter.com@nelincs.

Visit www.nelincs.gov.uk/travel for live travel information, including gritting routes, and click on the alerts tab to register for email alerts for where you live.

There is also advice available from the Met Office as part of the government’s Get Ready for Winter campaign. Visit www.metoffice.gov.uk/learning/get-ready-for-winter for more details.