With cold weather alerts regularly being issued by the Met Office and temperatures still low, Hounslow Council has ensured it has everything in place.
Published: Monday, 5th December 2016
With cold weather alerts regularly being issued by the Met Office and temperatures still low, Hounslow Council has ensured it has everything in place to deal with any situation when it comes to severe weather.
Hounslow Highways, which manages the borough’s streets on behalf of the Council, has its winter service programme in full flow.
It 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.
Councillor Amrit Mann, Deputy Leader of Hounslow Council, said: “Hounslow Highways has successfully handled the last three winters now and with all these preparations in place, we are confident we can deal with any weather that is thrown at us.”
For more information, visit www.hounslowhighways.org