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How we plan ahead for severe weather

Every year, the Highways team prepares a winter maintenance plan which sets out how the council will provide services during the colder months.

With 790km of roads located within Bridgend County Borough, the plan identifies which routes need to be prioritised in order to keep traffic moving freely from the top of our valleys all the way down to the coast - these are called the primary salting routes.

The plan also identifies secondary salting routes, which cover other roads including a number of residential streets.

The council will always ensure that the primary routes remain salted and clear so that traffic and public transportation can move freely through the area.

Once this is done, we will cover secondary routes and some additional roads depending on how protracted the period of severe weather is forecast to be and how long our salt stocks are required to last.

While it is usually several days before this can be completed, we take special account of areas where there are especially steep inclines, bus routes, centres for the emergency services and roads leading to some of the county borough’s more isolated communities as well as industrial sites, schools and approaches to care homes, household recycling centres, cemeteries and GP surgeries.

The council also deploys staff to help clear ice and snow and lay down grit on pavements and walkways in busy pedestrian areas, e.g. town centres.

We will respond to residents to help them continue to receive essential medical treatment such as kidney dialysis, but please note that you will need to reschedule any non-urgent appointments with e.g. a GP or a consultant.

The council does not carry out work on the M4 motorway – this is salted, cleared and maintained by the South Wales Trunk Road Agency on behalf of the Welsh Government.

Because weather can be unpredictable, some events will be beyond our control and can have an adverse local effect despite our best efforts.

For example, if the local stretch of the M4 motorway has to close during particularly heavy snowfall, the motorway traffic may be diverted through the county borough and lead to long queues, which in turn delays our own vehicles and workers from making their rounds

We’ll always do our best, but your patience and understanding is greatly appreciated in such circumstances.

Last Updated: 11/12/2015
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