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County council fills thousands of salt bins as winter draws near
AS WINTER approaches, council road chiefs say they have enough salt for 15 days continuous salting.
They also claim to have filled 3,000 community salt bins and that 100 farmers are ready with snow ploughs.
Amey, Hampshire County Council’s highway maintenance partner, has also replaced eight old spreaders with new vehicles guided by satellite-based systems.
Hampshire has 5,600 miles of road and a priority system is used for salting.
Priority one routes carry 85 per cent of total traffic in the county and include A roads, major bus routes, roads to major emergency services, areas of high traffic concentration and all public transport areas. They will be treated when temperatures are forecast to drop below freezing.
Priority two routes include B roads and single access roads to villages and schools, which will be treated during periods of prolonged severe weather. Information is available from maps.hants.gov.uk/saltroutesmap.
Councillor Mel Kendal, leader and executive member for environment and transport at the council, said: “It is vital that we keep main routes open so that people can carry on with their normal, day-to-day activities.”
He advised drivers to park considerately so salting lorries are not obstructed and help treat public paths and pavements and minor roads using salt from the community bins.