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Torfaen Council gears up for winter conditions on the roads

Torfaen Council has shared its plans for keeping the borough’s roads moving through icy conditions in the winter.

The service is run by 30 drivers with officers on call. The team manage a fleet of ten gritters with 5,600 tonnes of salt in stock

Weather forecasts are received three times a day from the forecaster Meteogroup and road temperatures are monitored from a series of weather stations across Torfaen, allowing the council to grit roads only when needed, and when it is most effective to do so.

Minor and residential roads gritted once main routes are cleared

All A and B roads, main bus routes, main distribution routes and routes in proximity to schools, industrial and retail areas are prioritised and will be treated on a precautionary basis each time forecast conditions dictate.  Minor and residential roads are treated when required in severe weather, as and when resources allow, once the main network is cleared.

There are 794 salt bins located across the borough for residents to use on footways and side roads in their local areas.

The council is reminding residents to use the salt responsibly – a thin layer, spread evenly on ground that has been cleared of any snow is usually all that is needed to be effective. All salt bins are currently being checked and refilled ready for winter. The salt in these bins is for use on public footways and roads only, it is not for use on private drives and footpaths.

Councillor Mandy Owen, executive member for the environment, said: “We currently salt around 53 per cent of our highway network, and prioritise the main routes. Despite our best efforts it is not possible to keep roads completely free from ice and snow, and we would remind drivers to take extra care over the winter months, reduce their speed and increase the distance between cars in front.”

Check if your road is on the gritting route

Residents can use the council’s mapping system to check whether their road is on a gritting route, and to find their nearest grit bin.

Report an empty grit bin

To report an empty grit bin during the winter, or request a new one, visit here (link) or call 01495 762200.

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Torfaen Council gears up for winter conditions on the roads

A tractor and a mount of grit
Photo credit: Torfaen Council