Tag Archives: ice

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 […]

Severe weather: Schools and libraries reopen

Monday 5 March Schools: We have not been made aware of any schools closed today due to adverse weather. School transport: We are not aware of any cancelled school transport routes. Park and Ride: Both sites serving Taunton are running normally.  Highways: While most main roads in our region are now passable with care, we still have […]

Landslip repair work in running for major engineering award

An innovative scheme to stabilise a key Exmoor road after three major landslips has been shortlisted for a top engineering award. Somerset County Council faced a tricky challenge in late 2014 following two landslips on the A396 at Cutcombe Hill and Oaktrow Wood. There are few alternative routes in this remote part of West Somerset […]

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 […]

Another busy winter for highways teams

Now that spring has finally sprung, Somerset County Council’s gritting teams are standing down after another busy winter. The Council’s fleet of 23 gritters were needed on 71 occasions when cold weather was forecast, pre-treating around 900 miles of the highways network each time to help prevent ice forming. That’s about average and compares with […]

True grit: how Somerset County Council is keeping you on the move this winter

Somerset County Council’s highways teams have been kept busy during the recent cold weather. In January 2015 alone, the gritters were in action 27 times. Here’s an infographic showing how roads are treated to help keep drivers on the move in winter: