A FLEET of new snow blowers are being readied by Warwickshire County Council to help pedestrians with this year’s cold weather.
Four snow blowers, capable of carving a 24-inch wide walkway on pavements and cutting through snow 20-inches deep, have been positioned at strategic locations around the county, including one in Wellesbourne and one in Warwick.
The blowers cost £1,200 each and are capable of processing up to 50 tonnes of snow per hour.
Cllr Peter Butlin, Warwickshire County Council’s Portfolio Holder for Highways and Transport, said: “In the event of severe weather, our highways teams will continue to work extremely hard to keep the county’s roads clear.
“We have bought in some snow blowers as an additional tool to clear large quantities of snow from footways.
“We also have a fleet of gritters covering the county’s roads and snow wardens helping clear ice and snow in their communities.”
The council had approximately 14,000 tonnes of salt ready for gritting the roads this winter.
They focus on keeping the primary routes - approximately 1,760km, or 46 per cent of the county’s road - as clear as possible.
Although one resident in Bidford was shocked this week when for the second time this winter road sweepers swept up grit just hours after gritters had put it down.
Cllr Butlin added: “Our gritters cover thousands of miles to keep Warwickshire moving in wintery conditions and ensure that as many roads as possible remain clear and safe.
“It is not possible to treat the entire network due to narrow rural routes, densely parked residential streets and resource constraints.”
Details of gritting in Warwickshire can be found on the new ‘Gritter Twitter’ profile. Follow @WarksGritting.
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