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Southampton preparing for worst of winter weather

Southampton City Council are prepared for the adverse winter weather conditions, with grit ready in reserve.

The council's highways partner, Balfour Beatty Living Places (BBLP) has sent fleets out on test runs and will closely monitor temperatures on the road network.

Teams are ready on standby 24/7 in the event of flooding on the highway to keep the city moving.

The BBLP have stockpiled 900 tonnes of grit, with additional stocks also help by the group regionally.

Gritting trucks are also available for deployment to proactively treat the network, should road temperatures drop below zero.

(Gritting trucks will be testing the road networks ahead of the winter months. Picture credits: Southampton City Council)

With the city having a total of 369 miles of roads within its boundaries, roads with high footfall during severe weather will be prioritised and over 320 grit bins will be provided across Southampton.

Cllr Jacqui Rayment, Cabinet Member for Transport & Public Realm at Southampton City Council, said:

“Together with our highways partners at Balfour Beatty we are well prepared for winter.

"We’ve got plenty of grit in stock and more available if it’s needed.

"We also have teams on standby ready to respond to localised flooding problems.

“Please remember to look out for your neighbours this winter, particularly if they are elderly or have limited mobility.

"Take extra care on the roads and pavements should we face any extreme winter weather.”


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