Snow response update (Dec 19)

By on 19/12/2010 in Winter Alerts


All routes to be treated in the early hours in an effort to ensure clear roads for tomorrow morning’s traffic, though with temperatures as low as -10C, the effectiveness of the salt is expected to be hampered. Take extra care when driving.


Reactive gritting in city hot spots has been taking place this afternoon and gritters are due out across all standard routes at 15:00. We are exploring flexible crew working so that if roads in one part of the city are confirmed clear then we can double up in another area. Plus, we are working closely with the bus companies, identifying their pinch-points, in an effort to do everything possible to ensure people can get on with their daily business tomorrow.  We would ask people to consider their own personal preparedness ie dressing in warm clothing; safe driving ie making sure their windscreens are clear; and good neighbourliness ie keeping an eye on those who might be older or more vulnerable.  


Alistair Campbell, Head of Constituency Services, is available for media interviews today, please call Deborah Harries on 07825 979046 if you would like to take this offer up.  


Roads around the city centre are running pretty well and staff are doing what they can to clear and grit footpaths in the city centre in an effort to maintain as close to business as usual for one of the busiest shopping days of the year. We are replenishing grit bins as best we can across the city, prioritising areas such as local shopping centres. But the weather conditions have been severe with temperatures as low as -9C, which is hampering the effectiveness of the grit, so we would ask businesses and other partners to do what they safely can to help clear the snow. Gritters  will be back out on the roads again later this afternoon, when temperatures are expected to have risen slightly making the treatment more effective.     

Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery is working towards opening at 12:30, as would be usual. 

We understand that all National Express services that run into the city centre are operating as normal but please check their website for more detailed information


All routes were treated in the early hours but salt effectiveness is being hampered by extremely low temperatures. Take extra care when driving.

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