Birmingham gritting update – Jan 14

By on 14/01/2010 in News

Precautionary salting of all priority routes
18:30 (Jan 13)

Responses to incidents as possible
Ongoing

City centre footway treatments
04:00 (Jan 14)

Sutton Coldfield footway treatments
04:00 (Jan 14)

Refilling grit bins
Ongoing

Current situation: A gradual thaw has set in but we still anticipate sub-zero overnight temperatures. A more general thaw should set in on Friday and Saturday but night temperatures will remain cold for the foreseeable future.

The Department for Transport reintroduced the Salt Cell last week - to centrally manage the UK's stocks.

Birmingham City Council received a delivery on Monday (Jan 11) and has since continued to grit the network in line with Salt Cell directives.

We are now mixing the rock salt with salt and grit, again in line with Salt Cell directives.

As with all other local authorities, we are now dependent on the Salt Cell for further supplies.

Birmingham continues to grit 1,182k (734miles) of priority network which is 50% of the total length of carriageway in the city.

1034 highway grit bins have been refilled with a mix of white table salt and sand (that is not suitable for gritting operations).

Both Contractors and council employees from other departments have been assisting with general snow clearance primarily in highly pedestrianised areas.

Winter maintenance and gritting plans – http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=5746

School closures and other useful information: www.birmingham.gov.uk/weather-disruption

Protocol on School Closures: http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=5893

Weather Updates

BBC: http://news.bbc.co.uk/weather/forecast/2102

Met Office: http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/uk/wm/wm_forecast_weather.html

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