Winter weather warning to Lichfield and Burntwood drivers

Drivers are being urged to take extra care on Lichfield and Burntwood’s roads as winter weather arrives.

A gritter

A gritter

Staffordshire County Council’s fleet of over 60 salting vehicles, 140 snow blades, and 20 tractor-mounted snow blowers is on alert to deal with snow and ice on the region’s roads.

Across the county’s seven highways depots, 13,500 tonnes of grit is stockpiled ready to use on more than 60 regular gritting routes.

Although Staffordshire grits 43 per cent of its roads, compared to 35 per cent nationally, some routes will remain untreated., so drivers are being warned to take extra care on all roads during icy weather.

Mike Maryon, Staffordshire County Council cabinet member for highways, said:

“We’re obviously well prepared for the worst of the winter weather and are ready to act at short notice. Staffordshire is a large county with varying weather conditions. Our highways teams are continually monitoring the weather forecasts and will head out onto the roads whenever and wherever necessary.

“But the message is a clear one to motorists – you must take extra care when driving in winter conditions and avoid travelling if possible when the weather’s really bad.

“We will do our very best to make the roads safer and work round-the-clock if we need to. However there are roads which will be untreated and even on gritted roads people will still need to exercise extra caution.”

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