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Additional roads to be gritted as highways teams gear up for winter

Somerset’s highways teams are all set for winter – with 23 gritters on standby and 7,000 tonnes of salt ready to roll when temperatures drop. This winter Somerset County Council will be investing an extra £200,000 into its winter service and has fully reviewed its winter policy. This means the precautionary gritting network – the […]

Check which roads are gritted this winter

With winter fast approaching, highways teams in Somerset are ready to grit 720 miles of road every time frost, ice or snow is predicted. Because of the huge financial pressures facing Somerset County Council due to falling Government funding combined with rising costs and demand for services, a decision to reduce the budget available for […]

Young Carers decision deferred as Council makes “most difficult” savings decisions

Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Committee today approved the “most difficult savings proposals it has had to consider” to help secure its long-term financial sustainability. Cabinet also agreed to defer a decision on proposed saving for its Young Carers Service. This is to allow time for discussions with carers, families and the voluntary sector about a […]

True grit shown in highways response

The highways network in Somerset is returning to normal after some of the worst winter weather experienced in the county for years. Highways teams using snowploughs, blowers, diggers and gritters worked 24/7 from midnight on Wednesday through the weekend to keep main roads clear of snow and ice. Gritting crews covered more than 14,000 miles […]

Winter is coming… and our highways team is ready

Winter is coming – and Somerset County Council’s highways team is ready with 7,000 tonnes of grit and seven new gritters. Salt barns across Somerset are now fully stocked and the fleet of 23 gritters is on standby to treat 900 miles of road every time ice is expected. Cllr John Woodman, Somerset County Council’s […]

Somerset gritters rack up 47,000 miles this winter

Somerset County Council’s gritting teams are standing down after travelling the equivalent of nearly twice around the world this winter. The fleet of 23 gritters were needed on 52 occasions when freezing temperatures were forecast, treating around 900 miles of road each time to help prevent ice forming. There were only a couple of snowfalls […]

New road deal pledges fewer potholes and more local jobs

Fewer potholes, more work for local businesses and more satisfied communities are among the goals of a new multi-million pound highways contract for Somerset signed today. Somerset County Council and Skanska have agreed a deal for highways maintenance in the county which will run from 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2024, with the option […]

Gritting teams ready to react when temperature drops

As winter fast approaches, Somerset County Council’s highways team are already monitoring weather forecasts each day ready to react when temperatures plummet. This year the Council’s fleet of 23 gritters will again treat around 900 miles of road every time ice is expected, with 7,000 tonnes of salt stockpiled at depots across Somerset. Cllr David […]

A day in the life of… a gritter driver

Ever wondered what a gritter driver does all day? In this article from January’s edition of Your Somerset, one of our highways team takes us through a typical day in winter.

Highways ready for winter with seven new gritters

Somerset County Council’s highways team are ready for winter with seven new gritters to keep roads safe when temperatures plummet. The County Council has a fleet of 23 gritters and a stockpile of 7,000 tonnes of salt at depots across Somerset, ready to treat around 900 miles of road every time ice is expected. Cllr […]