Wakefield ready for the winter weather

Ref: PR 8398
Date: 10/11/2016

Following the first snow of the winter season, Wakefield Council has been in action to make sure the district's roads, schools and residents are prepared for the winter weather.

The Council's fleet of gritting vehicles are ready to tackle further cold spells with more than 6,000 tonnes of grit stored, and arrangements for more deliveries through the winter.

If severe weather hits, the Council's priority is to keep the main roads moving safely and ensure that essential services stay open. The Council will primarily focus on gritting its 356 miles of priority routes, which are used by 90% of the district's traffic.

The Council is again this year, asking for the support of residents to help keep roads and pavements clear of snow and ice. There are over 340 grit bins across the district which will be restocked over the winter months as needed.

The Council has also offered gritting salt to Town and Parish Councils across the district for use in local communities.

Cllr Matthew Morley, Wakefield Council's Cabinet Member for Transport and Highways, said: "Our priority is to keep the main roads moving safely. Our fleet of gritting vehicles are newer this year and more efficient and effective in tackling the winter weather to keep the district moving.

"We are also calling on the support of residents again this year, to help keep our communities moving by clearing roads and pavements of snow and ice.

"We want everyone to stay safe this winter and take this opportunity to remind drivers to take care during the winter months."

Residents can visit the Council's website at www.wakefield.gov.uk/winter for full details of the district's gritting routes and winter driving advice.

During any adverse winter weather, find out about possible school closures by contacting the school directly, listening to local radio stations or visiting www.gowild.org.uk

For any other disruptions to council services and winter updates visit www.wakefield.gov.uk or follow #WakeyWinter on Twitter.

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