Gritting crews on standby for more bad weather in Hertfordshire

PUBLISHED: 17:03 30 December 2009 | UPDATED: 16:13 11 May 2010

CREWS from Hertfordshire Highways, who carried out gritting runs on Christmas Day and Boxing Day, are on standby for more snow and low temperatures over the New Year Bank Holiday period.

Forecasts indicate the possibility of snow over the coming days, wit

CREWS from Hertfordshire Highways, who carried out gritting runs on Christmas Day and Boxing Day, are on standby for more snow and low temperatures over the New Year Bank Holiday period.

Forecasts indicate the possibility of snow over the coming days, with rain and low temperatures likely to lead to icy conditions.

"Although there's been a thaw, we're keeping a close eye on temperatures and have gritting crews ready so that the main roads through the county will be passable if further snow falls or icy conditions are likely," said Stuart Pile, county council executive member for highways and transport.

"Our priority has to be making sure major roads that are used by a lot of people are as clear and safe as possible. We do rely on travellers to appreciate that grit is not a magic powder that instantly makes all roads safe in bad weather conditions. While we can keep most main roads passable, we cannot maintain normal driving conditions during severe weather and ask residents to take especial care on residential and minor roads."

In the New Year, Hertfordshire Highways will begin examining roads to see the extent of damage caused by the cold weather. Residents can report any faults on roads or pavements on www.hertsdirect.org/highwayfaults or 0300 123 4047.

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