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Helping Motorists Stay Safe this Winter

Posted in General News on Thursday, January 2nd, 2020

Transport authorities across the UK are doing all they can to ensure motorists stay safe this winter by making a number of improvements to their roads maintenance services. The Department for Infrastructure in Northern Ireland has readied 300 members of staff along with 130 gritters and 12 snow blowers which will be called into action at varying locations between now and April to help make sure that the roads stay as safe as possible.

Highways England has been preparing for winter just as thoroughly by focusing on the implementation of a new fleet of technically advanced gritters. These gritters can be programmed to spread salt along problematic routes automatically while taking into account specific requirements for bridges, landscape changes and other road infrastructures. This means that the drivers are able to stay focused on the road ahead at all times. The outward design of the gritters has also been changed in an effort to improve the safety of the drivers on board and other road users.

Aside from deploying the necessary gritters along the worst affected routes Transport for Wales will be running a service to provide motorists with real-time advice, traffic updates and road conditions this winter, to access this information please visit tfwrail.wales/.

Transport Scotland has stated that they are well prepared to keep the roads safe this winter. The improvements that Transport Scotland is making to its trunk road services this winter include; trialling new and improved weather stations along the M8 to improve on-road testing, continuing to lease specialist vehicles to help cope with the most extreme conditions such as a cutting-edge electric gritter, and live trials of salt treatments on the A385 using less salt and utilising a specialist combination spreader. Transport Scotland has, a record high, 213 gritters readied at more than 40 depots across the country. There will be specific plans in place to deal with the possibility of heavy snow fall on the M8, M74, M77 and M80. Road Policing Chief Inspector Darren Faulds said: Checking your vehicle regularly to ensure that your lights are in good working order and that your tyres have sufficient tread are just some of the steps you can take. It is also important to keep up to date with the latest weather forecasts and relevant social media channels so that you can plan ahead and consider whether you really need to travel or can delay your journey.”

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