Leeds ready for onset of expected cold snap

Leeds City Council load up gritters with salt at the council's depot in South Leeds.
Leeds City Council load up gritters with salt at the council's depot in South Leeds.
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Leeds has a road gritting plan of action ready to tackle the oncoming cold snap.

A fleet of 30 gritting trucks is on standby to distribute a stock of 18,000 tonnes of grit as and when next week’s expected arctic conditions arrive.

In an average winter, the trucks salt the roads 65 times.

However, over the last five winters, that average has shot up to 90 as they are increasingly required to cover the city’s large map of primary and secondary routes.

All the gritting vehicles are fitted with detachable snow ploughs and in severe conditions, tractor ploughs are also used.

Councillor Richard Lewis, Leeds City Council’s executive board member with responsibility for development and the economy, said: “The council’s aim is to get the grit on the roads before ice has the chance to form or before snow starts to fall.

“Every year we do our best to keep the roads moving by gritting our primary and secondary routes whenever needed and this year will be no different.”

As well as the gritters, salt bins are also provided for residents in around 1,000 streets in Leeds.

The authority already has a number of other initiatives in place to help keep the city moving during the winter period.

Speaking earlier, councillor Keith Wakefield, leader of Leeds City Council said: “Preparing the city for the wintery months includes so much more than the obvious stockpiling of grit and travel planning. We work closely with a number of partners across the city to keep the city moving during the cold snap, but we do rely on local communities to work with us.”

Visit: www.metoffice.gov.uk/learning/get-ready-for-winter

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