Caerphilly County Borough Council is ready for winter
Posted on : 23 Jan 2021
With temperatures dropping and snow and ice expected this weekend, Caerphilly County Borough Council would like to assure residents that we are ready for winter.
The Council has 13 gritters available to use, all of which can be fitted with a snow plough if needed and around 9,000 tonnes of grit in stock ready to treat roads during the frosty nights.
Trained staff monitor weather forecasts plus information from 5 weather stations based at Rhymney, Markham, Hafodyrynys, Caerphilly, and Ystrad Mynach. The decision to grit is based on a number of factors including road temperature, air temperature, rainfall and the possibility of snow and wintery showers. Weather station Information and forecasted actions are also shared between adjacent local councils to give a clearer local picture of weather conditions across the South East wales area.
The Council prioritises key roads across the county borough, including most bus routes and routes to emergency service premises, key medical facilities and public facilities in order to ensure the main highways network can function during inclement weather. These routes alone cover 301 miles of road. It is not possible for the Council to grit every road, there are currently over 900 grit salt bins placed at central locations so that residents can spread grit onto the highway and pedestrian areas if needed.
Cllr. John Ridgewell, Cabinet Member for the Environment and Infrastructure said: “Caerphilly County Borough Council is ready for winter. We have a large supply of grit and a fleet of vehicles ready to deal with ice and snow. Our highways team constantly monitor the weather forecast and a ready to respond 24 hours a day. Our priority will always be to keep main routes clear and moving, as well as ensuring we help those who need us most.”
Sign up for snow and inclement weather alerts from Caerphilly County Borough Council
Receive weather updates from the met Office online www.metoffice.gov.uk
Find out more about our winter service plan and how and when we grit.