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Council begins winter preparations

Posted on : 06 Nov 2019

Council begins winter preparations
Caerphilly County Borough Council has begun its winter preparations, with a fleet of new vehicles ready to grit over 250 miles of primary routes.

The council has added 8 new vehicles to its fleet for the coming winter, featuring the latest health and safety design features along with up to date fuel efficient engines.  These new vehicles will see the council invest an additional £1.4million into its winter maintenance service over the next four year period.  This investment includes new digital mapping and route navigation technology to increase the efficiency of the council’s winter maintenance service. 

With this new technology routes are uploaded into the vehicle and the in-cab route navigation system guides the driver around the route, enabling drivers to follow any route with no prior knowledge.  Pre-determined levels of salt are deposited and spread as it progresses around the route, thanks to its automated salting technology.

Real time route tracking also alerts the team if any parts of the route have been missed so that the driver can return to salt the missing section of road, ensuring full coverage of the county borough’s routes.

Cllr Sean Morgan, the council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member with responsibility for Infrastructure, said “Keeping the county borough’s main highway network operational during periods of inclement weather is a key priority.  The council’s advance preparations, along with this latest investment, will help to ensure the winter maintenance service is carried out effectively and efficiently; for the safety of our residents and staff.”

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