VIDEO: Plymouth takes deliveries of salt in readiness for winter
DELIVERIES of salt are arriving in Plymouth every day this week to fill the salt barn at Prince Rock depot in preparation for winter.
By the end of Friday, the Plymouth Transport and Highways salt barn will be stocked with 1,100 tonnes of salt to treat the city's roads when cold weather hits over the coming months. Additional deliveries will be made as required.
Amey, Plymouth City Council's highways contractor, has its winter service teams and seven gritter vehicles on call 24 hours a day until the end of March.
They will be monitoring the weather closely all winter via a dedicated forecast station and two sensor stations, to ensure roads are pre-treated with salt before temperatures drop and icy patches form.
A volunteer snow warden scheme has also been launched in recent weeks.
On Saturday Amey will be hosting the Winter Roads event in the city centre at the Place de Brest, from 12pm to 4pm, to share information about its winter service including local gritting routes. They will also be telling people about the new snow warden scheme, which people will be able to sign up to there and then.
Councillor Mark Coker, Cabinet Member for Transport said: "Our gritters are on standby and we're ready for winter. Having a full salt barn and lots of information going out to the public about winter readiness will help ensure our city's resilience over the coming months, no matter what the winter conditions."