We’ve got a grip on winter preparations

10,500 tonnes of salt stockpiled at county council depots and “dry run” rehearsals, known as Operation Snowflake, held to check staff and resources are ready for when winter bites

Last updated:
6 February 2018

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We’re ready for when snow and ice hit - that’s the message from West Sussex Highways, which has a fleet of 22 gritters to call upon to help keep roads safe.

Contractor Balfour Beatty has stockpiled 10,500 tonnes of salt at county council depots, in preparation for bad weather. It has also held gritting “dry run” rehearsals, known as Operation Snowflake, to check staff and resources are ready for when winter bites.

During severe weather, priority is given to keeping major routes treated and passable and about 40 per cent, or 1,600 kilometres, of the West Sussex road network is treated in icy conditions.

The county council does not salt the A27, A23 or M23, which are Highways England’s responsibility, but it does treat all other ‘A’ and ‘B’ roads and key routes for emergency vehicles, approaches to major hospitals, large schools, colleges and busy bus routes.

Whenever it snows, one-fifth of the roads on the network are given top priority.

Key rural routes are treated by local farmers through agreements in place with parish councils.

Bob Lanzer, West Sussex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways and Infrastructure, said: “In severe cold weather, our priority is to keep the county’s major routes treated and passable and every year a lot of hard work goes into ensuring we are ready for winter.

“We keep a constant watch on weather conditions and set plans in motion as soon as we see road surface temperatures heading towards zero.”

For more information about gritting routes, visit our winter service pages at: please click here

To stay up to date with the latest information, follow @WSHighways on Twitter.

Pictured: checking a gritter during Operation Snowflake preparations


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