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Snow ploughs used in Bromley in a March first

PUBLISHED: 07:00 06 March 2018

Snow ploughs at Main Road, Biggin Hill. Picture: Bromley council

Snow ploughs at Main Road, Biggin Hill. Picture: Bromley council

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Snow ploughs have been used in Bromley for the first time in March to clear snow following drifting snow last week.

Snow ploughs at Main Road, Biggin Hill. Picture: Bromley council Snow ploughs at Main Road, Biggin Hill. Picture: Bromley council

They were used in a snow clearance operation on Main Road, Biggin Hill, and some country lanes.

Over 1000 tonnes of salt was used during the week in a round the clock snow clearance and gritting operation designed to keep the 280 miles of priority routes across the borough clear of snow and ice.

Winter gritting crews remain on standby, ready to spread salt on potentially icy road surfaces if forecasts dictate this is necessary.

The use of snow ploughs in the borough is relatively rare, having only being used a handful of times in the last decade, and never before in March. Tractors fitted with ploughs were also used in the clearance operation.

Snow ploughs in Bromley High Street. Picture: Bromley council Snow ploughs in Bromley High Street. Picture: Bromley council

Cllr Huntingtin-Thresher, executive councillor for environment, said: “Our gritting and snow clearance crews have been fantastic, as have our waste collection crews and of course, Snow Friends too.

“Thank you to all who helped out, checked on elderly neighbours and especially to residents and others who have taken the time to thank staff for their efforts as this has meant a lot.”

Crews were also clearing snow and salting pavement areas in town centre and other areas of high pedestrian footfall, such as on the approaches to schools and outside train stations.

The council’s nine purpose-built gritting vehicles, which are equipped with GPS tracking for accuracy, focus salting operations on the main 200 miles of road out of the 500 miles of borough roads and in periods of extreme weather, such as last week, this is extended to 280miles.

Councillor Huntington-Thresher added, “The range of conditions that we’ve seen in just one week was phenomenal but then that is why the weather is such a talking point.

“We focus on the priority routes in the borough, retreating them regularly to keep them open, so critical services and other traffic can get about. The timing of our salting operations are crucial and we have to rely on the forecasts, seeking to get this work as right as possible.”

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