Tag Archives: winter

Keep safe on the road this winter

Somerset County Council’s road safety team has some helpful advice to keep everyone safe on the roads over the winter months. Heavy rain, high winds, ice, snow, and shorter hours of daylight can make driving/riding over the winter months a challenging experience. It’s important for road users to realise that road conditions can be challenging […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Working together to respond to winter pressures

Somerset County Council, Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and local hospitals are working together to respond to the increased demand on health and adult social care services in the lead up to winter. Admissions to local hospitals are already higher than they were in December last year. This puts pressure on adult social care services to […]

From ice to wind and back – all in a week’s work for Highways teams

It’s been a busy week for Somerset County Council’s Highways teams with a variety of challenges caused by the weather. On Tuesday night, the team was in winter response mode, working through the night to grit around 900 miles of highway across the county as temperatures plummeted and snow fell on higher ground. Then the […]

Beacon reopens in time for Christmas

A flood-damaged road near Ilminster which was closed to traffic for nearly ten months has now reopened – just in time for Christmas. Areas of the B3168 at The Beacon needed to be completely rebuilt by Somerset County Council after it suffered severe structural damage during extreme weather last winter. The extensive repairs included a […]