11 March 2015
Councils to Re-evaluate Gritting Routes as Winter Wanes
As blossoms effloresce and we look for signs of spring everyone can be thankful that winter is coming to an end. None more so than the Sheffield Council Twitter account manager.
The Sheffield Star reported that after some residents reported a smash on the B6076 the Sheffield Council, which puts out regular tweets about winter maintenance services from their @SCCStreetsAhead account, mistakenly tweeted that a road was not part of their gritting routes.
That was not the only road traffic accident to make the news this winter. There have been accidents due to snow and ice in Keynsham and Huddersfield and residents of Nazeing in Essex fear a fatal road traffic accident after the ‘drive carefully’ sign on Middle Street was destroyed by a car crash.
As the ice melts away and Jack Frost temporarily goes into hibernation we can all hope for fewer Road Traffic Accidents. With good planning council workers should be able to make this a reality. Now is the ideal time for the local council employees who organise the gritting of our highways and roads to review their gritting routes.
Gritting routes should of course cover all major roads to help ensure people are not isolated but what else should be considered? It is always important to grit outside schools and on junctions. It would be wise to look at where accidents have occurred this winter and in previous years. Grit should be laid in the approach to traffic lights and roundabouts. Also roads with poor drainage, steep inclines and tricky bends should be considered for gritting routes.
With cuts to their budgets councils are trying to save money by cutting back on the number of roads their gritting routes cover. However this could backfire if crashes occur as a result of unsafe highways and road traffic accident compensation claims are brought against councils.
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