Constant Weather Watch To Keep Roads Open


Highways teams are keeping constant watch on fast-changing weather forecasts, ready to deploy gritters to keep West Sussex’s main routes open and passable with care.

In the last seven days of severe weather, a total of more than 1,000 tonnes of salt were spread on the roads in the county.

West Sussex Highways can call upon a fleet of 22 gritters, with snow ploughs, through contractor Balfour Beatty Living Places.

More than 150 community winter plans are also in place, with 50 volunteer farmers on standby.

Parish and town councils work with local farmers or contractors who can assist with snow clearance when needed.

Bob Lanzer, County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Infrastructure, said: “We are liaising constantly with the Met Office and have eight highway weather stations around the county, so we can combine all the information to produce a bespoke road condition forecast for the county.

“Precautionary salting operations will continue throughout the period of severe weather and snow ploughs will be fitted when required to ensure main roads are kept open.

“We advise residents and Town and Parish Councils to monitor the @WSHighways Twitter account for updates.”

For information on how West Sussex Highways decides when to grit roads, and gritting routes, please see this web page.

The County Council’s winter campaign website page has several sections giving advice on ‘staying warm’ on their website.

If you know or look after someone who may be susceptible to the effects of this cold weather period, please help ensure they stay warm and well and check in advance that they are prepared for this cold spell.

General advice includes:
• Stay tuned in to weather forecasts.
• Check and maintain daytime room temperatures of 21°C.
• Check bedroom night time temperatures and maintain it at 18°C or warmer.
• Keep warm and active, and if you have to go out dress warmly and wear non-slip shoes.

If you are concerned about your own health or welfare, or that of others, please alert the emergency services or click here.

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