Wakefield is winter ready with fleet of brand new gritters

14/11/2017, PR8691

Ready to tackle the winter weather
Ready to tackle the winter weather

Wakefield Council has welcomed a new fleet of 14 state-of-the-art gritters to keep roads safe, and moving, this winter.

The brand new vehicles are ready to tackle any cold spells, alongside more than 6,000 tonnes of grit stored with arrangements made for more deliveries through the winter.

The vehicles are equipped with SAT NAV and an automatic spreading system which will improve efficiencies up to 20%.

Cllr Morley welcomes fleet of new gritters
Cllr Morley welcomes fleet of new gritters

Cllr Matthew Morley, Wakefield Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport and Highways, said: “Our brand new, high-tech fleet of gritting vehicles are more efficient and effective in tackling the winter weather to keep the district moving. Alongside the 6,000 tonnes of grit we have stockpiled, we’re well prepared for the winter season.”

If severe weather hits, the Council’s priority is to keep the main roads moving and ensure essential services stay open. The Council will focus on its 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 also over 340 grit bins across the district, which will be restocked over the winter as needed.

Cllr Morley added: “We hope that everyone will come together again this year to help keep our roads and pavements clear of snow and ice.

To sign up to become a snow warden call 0345 8 506 506 or for more information visit
www.wakefield.gov.uk Anyone wanting to take up the offer will need to apply before the end of November.

Looking after the elderly and vulnerable is also important during the colder months. Simply checking they have enough food and their heating is working can make a real difference. Setting the heating to the right temperature (18-21°C) or wearing several layers of thin clothing rather than one thick layer will keep also help.

All residents are reminded to keep a well-stocked medicine chest and a first aid kit to deal with day-to-day illness and injury this winter.

For winter and gritting updates, and details to of any disruptions to services, visit
www.wakefield.gov.uk or follow #WakeyWinter on Twitter.

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