Sheffield’s Streets Ahead gritting team is on standby 24 hours a day, in preparation for the risk of snow and ice.
The team is sent out when ice is predicted on road surfaces, as well as to plough and spread grit when snow falls.
Sheffield’s two salt barns are also already full, holding 17 tonnes of salt, in preparation for dealing with whatever the weather might have in store over the coming days.
Streets Ahead’s operations manager, Lynsey Connelly, said: “We look after over 600 miles of urban and rural roads in Sheffield. October was the start of our winter maintenance period and our fleet is prepared.
“Our winter maintenance service operates 24-hours a day, seven days a week, whenever the weather demands and we’re well prepared for the winter ahead. We plan for winter well in advance and have a good stock of salt, as well as a team of drivers on hand ready to take to the roads when the bad weather arrives.
“This year will also see us using new technology on board our gritters, which will provide automatic routing, like a SatNav, as well as automatic gritting too.
“This will help to improve our winter maintenance service as the navigation system guides the driver along the pre-programmed route and the spreading of grit happens automatically, saving the driver time manually adjusting the settings.”
Councillor Bryan Lodge, Cabinet Member for Environment at Sheffield City Council, added: “Our gritting teams work really hard to make sure that we keep Sheffield’s roads moving during the winter months and they do a great job.
“We’re really keen to spread the message about how local people can also help themselves by using their nearest grit bin to help keep local residential streets clear and also looking out for elderly neighbours in times of bad weather. Residents are also urged to check their nearest grit bins regularly throughout the winter months and let us know if they need filling so that there’s always grit available.”
For more information about gritting routes and winter driving advice, visit www.sheffield.gov.uk/winter. Follow @sccstreetsahead on Twitter for real-time updates during bad weather and to report empty grit bins.
Notes to Editors
Priority 1 routes cover the major arterial routes and busiest main roads across the city.
Priority 2 routes include roads that meet the following criteria:
- The road forms part of a SYPTE bus route; or
- The road has a main entrance to a School, Doctor’s Surgery, Pharmacy, Care Home, Residential Children’s Home or other critical public facilities; or
- The road carries over 3000 cars per day and has a significant gradient (in excess of 10% (i.e. 1:10)).
In addition, a Western access route for traffic travelling to Manchester Road avoiding causing congestion to other arterial routes is also included in the Priority 2 Precautionary Gritting Network.
About the Streets Ahead work
The Streets Ahead works will enable the upgrade and ensure the on-going maintenance of the City’s:
- Highway structures, including bridges and retaining walls;
- Traffic signals, road signs, and markings;
- Fences, barriers and other street furniture; and
- Highway trees;
and will include services such as street cleaning, winter gritting and landscape highway maintenance.
The long term benefits of the works will include:
- Smooth pavements and road surfaces which will help reduced vehicle maintenance and fuel costs.
- Well-lit, safer streetscene – helping to dispel the fear of crime and the feeling of social exclusion;
- A highway network that enables journey and delivery times to be reliable;
- An attractive city streetscene and clearly signed roads
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