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Hampshire County Council prepared for heavy snow

Picture credited to Hampshire County Council

Hampshire County Council say they're ready for a round the clock snow response.

They say highways teams are working to make sure the roads are prepared with a yellow warning for snow and ice in place from 1pm this afternoon.

Highways crews salt Hampshire’s main roads first. 

They're considered as ‘Priority one’ routes, which cover approximately one third of the county road network and carry the majority of Hampshire’s traffic.

They cover A roads, some B roads, major bus routes, roads to hospitals and other key emergency hubs, large schools and colleges, areas of high traffic concentration and public transport interchanges. 

The council says ‘Priority two’ routes, which include remaining B roads and single access roads to villages, may also be treated, if teams can keep the main roads clear and open. 

Across Hampshire there are also more than 3,000 blue or yellow bins filled with salt and/or grit for use by the community on public roads and pavements.

Councillor Rob Humby, Executive Member for Environment and Transport at Hampshire County Council, said:

“Our winter fleet is salting the main roads continuously now. We are doing everything we can to prepare for snow, but, if the forecast is correct, we are certainly going to have our work cut out.  Rain is forecast from tomorrow afternoon, which will then turn to snow. This means that salt already on the roads may be washed away, and our winter fleet will have to start salting again as soon as the rain eases ahead of the freeze. We have 43 salting lorries and each route takes about three hours to complete.

“We would ask everyone who travels on Hampshire’s roads to think about their travel arrangements, be prepared for bad weather and either try to avoid travelling where practical or to plan their journeys carefully.”

This gritter is helping with the effort to keep roads open in the county.

'Luke Snow Walker' was officially named by the public.

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