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Snow and ice mean busy nights for Bromley gritters

PUBLISHED: 09:59 12 December 2017 | UPDATED: 09:59 12 December 2017

Gritting of Bromley's roads has been taking place over the past three nights. Picture: Bromley Council

Gritting of Bromley's roads has been taking place over the past three nights. Picture: Bromley Council

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Gritting trucks have been out on the roads of Bromley for the past three nights to help tackle the ice and snow, spreading around 210 tonnes of salt.

The council’s gritting fleet, which is equipped with GPS tracking devices for accuracy, was again called into action last night, with 40 tonnes being used to tackle forecast ice following freezing road conditions.

Councillor William Huntington-Thresher said: “Our gritting crews are typically among the most prepared in London, with one of the largest salt stocks available for use over the winter period.

“We will always be out doing what we can to keep traffic across the borough moving but motorists should remember that even with our extensive gritting programme, not every road will be gritted and the winter weather patterns are rarely straightforward.

“The recent snowfall presented a particular challenge because it was preceded by rainfall. Precautionary gritting is futile when rain turns to sleet turns to snow as the rain would simply have washed the salt away.

“Forecasters have found it very difficult to predict exactly when the change will occur, our drivers cannot start their routes until the snow starts falling onto wet roads. Drivers must take account of the prevailing conditions as it takes time for the gritters work to mitigate the risk.”

The council’s nine purpose-built gritting vehicles focus salting operations on the main 200 miles of road out of the 500 miles of borough roads and in periods of extreme weather, this is extended to 260 miles, which are then prioritised still further, with snow clearance only taking place on the priority routes.

Information about gritting routes and other related information, including information about when salting is due to take place is available on the council’s website at www.bromley.gov.uk/winter.

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