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Gritting roads and pavements

During cold weather, Bridgend County Borough Council receives three specific weather forecasts from MeteoGroup UK every day.

The county borough features a varied geographical mix of valleys and coastline, so the forecasts account for inland high ground, inland low ground and coastal areas.

In addition to this, the council maintains five remote weather stations at different locations across the county borough.

These use equipment such as ice sensors to provide the authority with details on atmospheric conditions, local road surface temperatures, etc. 

The council uses all of this information to predict what the weather conditions are likely to be and if any further action is necessary.

When it gets very cold, we use a number of specially designed vehicles such as gritters to keep roads clear and traffic moving.

If icy conditions are expected, the authority pre-treats the most-used parts of the road network with granulated rock salt to prevent frost and ice from forming.

It isn’t effective to lay salt down on top of fresh snow, so you won’t see a gritter truck doing this when snow is falling as the roads have to be cleared with ploughs before they can be treated.

In fact, road salting is dependent on a number of factors such as dampness and humidity.

The council has to be very careful about when and how it treats roads as salt is far less effective once temperatures fall below -10 degrees.

For pedestrian areas, council workers use specialist equipment to spray brine, a saline solution which helps to melt ice, and clear snow by hand as well as using snowblowers.

Bridgend County Borough Council maintains up to 5,100 tonnes of salt at its Waterton depot and has plans in place for replenishing stocks during prolonged bouts of severe winter weather.

We also have collaborative arrangements in place with neighbouring authorities so that we can give and receive help as required.

Last Updated: 12/01/2017
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