Please see the information for an update on gritting and how to get up to date information on the local conditions.
Swindon Borough Council is well prepared for the snowfall and its operational staff are working round the clock to grit around 270 miles of main roads in the borough using its fleet of seven gritter vehicles. Around 50% of all roads within the borough will be gritted and more than 4000 tonnes of salt and grit are in stock; this is more than adequate with each gritting run using around 35 tonnes. For more information about road gritting treatment and gritting routes, please see the Road Gritting and Salt Boxes page.
Where roads cannot be treated, salt boxes are positioned in specific areas for use as needed. These are positioned close to areas which may be a little more vulnerable because of slopes or hills. Members of the public are asked not to use this to grit personal driveways and paths but save it for public paths and roads as replenishment of stocks may not be possible immediately during periods of severe travel disruption.
During severe weather conditions it is always advisable to avoid travelling if at all possible. However, if you have to drive, make sure you prepare for your journey and minimise the risk to yourself and others. Please see the Tips for Winter Driving page for hints and tips on how to prepare on www.swindon.gov.uk . Please note that the snow ploughs will be out later today.
As the weather situation unfolds it is always best to keep abreast of the changing conditions as public services may be severely affected. Please see the Adverse Weather page on www.swindon.gov.uk for links to:
Sources of weather forecast updates.
Information about local radio stations.
Information to help you find out if schools are open (including website and contact details).
Information about closures of public buildings.
Information about salt boxes and how to request salt replenishment when stocks are used up.
Links to information on how to keep warm and stay safe.
If you are use Twitter please follow #swindonsnow for the latest information on the adverse weather and road closures.
Tracy Scott (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Locality Facilitator, South
Swindon Borough Council