Council well placed to continue gritting network

Telford & Wrekin Council expects to receive re-supplies of salt throughout the to help ensure it can continue gritting its agreed network of roads and footpaths despite national reports of a shortage.

Council well placed to continue gritting network

Every year the council estimates how much salt may be needed to keep the borough's main roads open and stockpiles salt.

Following the national shortage of last winter, the Council invested £15,000 to expand storage in a new salt barn, which has increased its capacity by 28 per cent.

Without this increase in capacity, the Council would have had to reduce gritting of roads in recent days.

Since mid-December, there's been a sixfold increase in the amount of salt used on last year and Telford & Wrekin Council has now salted the roads on 21 consecutive days.

During the last few weeks, the Council has ordered 2,150 tonnes of replacement salt but received only 580 tonnes.

Telford & Wrekin Council's routinely grits:

  • All A and B roads Regular bus routes
  • Feeder roads to schools, roads linking a main salting route to a main school entrance
  • Access roads to transport interchanges
  • Main access roads on Halesfield, Stafford Park, and Hortonwood industrial estates
  • Access routes to some large villages
  • Adopted footpaths in Telford Town centre Footpaths serving the main shopping areas of Wellington, Dawley, Madeley, Newport, Ironbridge, and Oakengates.

Councillor Steve Bentley, cabinet member for Environment, said: "We'll continue to monitor salt levels very closely, but we are confident that this resupply will see us through the foreseeable future and ensure that the borough's key routes remain gritted.

"If we had not invested in extra storage, there's no doubt that the apparent problems with deliveries from salt suppliers would already have seen us have to cut back on the routes we grit.

"I'd also like to thank road users for their patience during this difficult weather and am sure that they will join me in thanking the teams who have helped to keep our gritted network of roads and paths clear right through this very long cold spell.

"However, we continue to ask people to take extra care when driving about and to drive according to conditions.

"It's also a time to remember to keep an eye on older or vulnerable people who may have difficulty getting out and about in frost or snow."