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Bedford Borough Gritters Tackling the Snow 

 

Bedford Borough Council is urging motorists to avoid unnecessary travel and allow extra time where they have to make journeys during the current snow and cold weather.

 

We urge motorists to clear car windows, mirrors and lights before setting off as it is a legal requirement to have a clear view of the road and leave extra distance between your car and the car in front.

 

Ahead of the forecast snow Bedford Borough Council has been gritting priority and secondary routes, busy footways and replenishing salt bins to tackle snow and icy conditions.

 

The Council has already spread over approximately 4,500 tons of grit this year. Work is set to continue with further cold conditions and snowfall predicted throughout the week. Despite this, salt levels held by the council remain high.

 

Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson said: “Our gritters are on call 24/7 from October to April but it is of course still crucial that motorists take extra care when driving in snowy or icy conditions. We’ve continued to grit roads across the borough throughout these icy conditions. We have already carried out 73 gritting runs compared to only 54 runs in total last year.”

 

He continued: “The substance used to fill potholes isn’t as effective during low temperatures so we have reallocated some staff to undertake the precautionary gritting of secondary routes and footways. We’re continuing to monitor weather reports throughout this time and will continue to take action to make the roads as safe as possible.”

 

Information on the Council’s winter weather programme and updates on transport around the Borough can be found here www.bedford.gov.uk/winterupdates

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