Cornwall

Cornwall Council stockpiles salt

Cornwall Council has stockpiled 16,000 tonnes of salt to treat icy roads this winter and has said it is prepared to buy more if needed.

The authority said its fleet of gritters was ready to treat almost 900 miles (1,448km) of roads in the county.

The council and the Highways Agency used about 18,000 tonnes of salt in Cornwall last winter.

The council said it currently spends about £1.35m a year on salting and gritting the county's roads.

A spokesperson from the council said it salts the 25 busiest A and B roads which carry 85% of traffic.

The authority's highway network manager, Jeremy Edwards, said: "Once we're happy that the routes [A and B roads] are treated we have plans to get one route into the major villages."

The authority is responsible for more than 4,530 miles (7,520km) of roads.

Between December 2010 and January 2011 the council used 13,500 tonnes of salt on Cornwall's roads, the authority announced earlier in the year.

It has produced a winter driving leaflet available online containing advice and information on how to drive safely in adverse weather conditions.

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