Hounslow Council

2017 arrives with a cold blast

Tue, 03 January 2017

The New Year has arrived with an icy blast of cold weather but Hounslow Council is ensuring that everything is in place to deal with any severe weather conditions.

Armed with cold weather alerts regularly being issued by the Met Office and temperatures currently quite low, Hounslow Highways, which manages the borough’s streets on behalf of the Council, has its winter service programme in full flow.

Staff from Hounslow Highways have been out across the borough over first few days of January 2017 to grit key routes and remain on alert should more gritting be required for the weeks ahead.

Hounslow Highways has a fleet of six gritters and 2,500 tonnes of salt ready to be used at a moment’s notice. The gritters are equipped with GPS trackers allowing the service to send out the closest-based vehicles to any incidents as fast as possible across the borough.

This will also ensure priority routes are cleared when road surface temperatures fall below freezing.

The Met Office issues three forecast updates each day during the winter season, which Hounslow Highways uses to programme in any required gritting ahead of any heavy snowfall.

In addition to the fleet of gritters on standby, the service will also send out street cleansing staff with shovels and salt to carry out gritting by hand if necessary.

Hounslow Council is also reminding residents to keep warm and well during colder temperatures.

Advice on how to keep warm inside your home and when outside, is available on the One You Hounslow website and the Public Health England website.

Councillor Amrit Mann, Deputy Leader of Hounslow Council, said: “Hounslow Highways has successfully handled the last three winters and with all these preparations in place, we are confident we can deal with any weather that is thrown at us.

“During these cold spells, we also urge everyone to keep themselves warm and well, wrap up when you are out and about and check on elderly relatives and neighbours. Also make sure young children are kept warm.”

For more information visit the Hounslow Highways website

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