Gritters ready for action
Date published: 13 November 2012
THE borough will keep moving when winter weather hits, according to Oldham Council.
Authority chiefs revealed that some 600 salt bins are set to be filled over the coming weeks, while the council’s fleet of 10 gritters are now ready for action.
Councillor Dave Hibbert, Cabinet member for housing, transport and planning, said: “Over the last few years the council has achieved a great deal of success in keeping the borough moving during winter thanks to our forward planning.
“However, we would be complacent if we stood still and did not make improvements to the way we work.
“Lessons have been learned and feedback has been taken on board ensuring that this year contingency plans are in place for every foreseeable eventuality, including heavy snowfall.”
Last year some 73,000 miles of highway were cleared when snow and ice hit. This year gritters will keep main roads free of ice and snow, to help ensure commuters and residents are safe.
Resources will be directed at gritting seven priority routes, including the trans-Pennine roads and most of the major bus routes.
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