Somerset

Bath's gritting salt at highest-ever levels for winter

Salt storage facilities in Bath are at their highest-ever capacity in case of harsh weather conditions this winter, the local council has said.

Bath and North East Somerset Council has stored 2,300 tonnes to be spread by its fleet of nine gritting vehicles.

An extra 20 grit bins have also been added, bringing the total across the district to more than 400.

Highways and parking manager, Kevin Packer, said the weather would be monitored 24-hours a day during winter.

"We also obtain detailed forecasts from a specialist supplier of weather information about the likely effect on road conditions," he said.

"The Council is well prepared to ensure our priority routes are gritted so that people can get around the road network as safely as possible."

Cabinet member for transport, Councillor Roger Symonds, said: "Our increased salt storage means our gritting on prioritised routes can continue for longer which could prove invaluable if there are breakdowns in the national salt supply chain which all local councils are dependent on."

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