Hampshire Highways ready for Storm Barra

Hampshire’s Highways teams are on full alert for a second time in as many weeks following the Met Office’s Yellow warning for strong winds in anticipation of Storm Barra, expected to affect the county from 9am tomorrow morning (Tuesday 7 December) until midnight

Dec 6 2021

Councillor Russell Oppenheimer, Hampshire County Council’s Executive Member for Highways Operations, said: “This latest storm is expected to bring gusts of wind up to 50 mph inland, and possibly 60 to 70 mph in exposed costal locations. Our highways teams are ready to work round the clock if needs be, with additional resources on standby, in order to keep Hampshire moving. 

“Only two weeks ago we had Storm Arwen and, as a consequence of the ground remaining saturated in many areas, trees could be more susceptible to falling in strong winds or sudden gusts so we will have extra tree crews available. 

“I would ask that anyone planning to set out on a journey over the next couple of days checks the weather forecast before they head off and consider if their journey is absolutely necessary. Anyone who must travel, is urged to please be prepared and drive according to the conditions.” 

In the event of freezing temperatures, Hampshire Highways’ dedicated fleet of 43 winter vehicles will also be on standby to salt the main road network if needed. Our gritters are fitted with the latest technology to ensure salt is deposited accurately and efficiently, utilising the latest GPS guidance system.

Hampshire’s main roads are always treated first.  These ‘Priority one’ routes carry the majority of Hampshire’s traffic - covering A roads, some B roads, roads to hospitals and other key emergency hubs, large schools and colleges and major bus routes.

Further information on salting routes and community salt bin locations is available on Hampshire roads during severe weather;

Follow our ‘gritter twitter’ @hantshighways to find out when and where the salting lorries are going out, throughout winter.

Please report road problems using the County Council’s online reporting service: www.hants.gov.uk/transport/roadmaintenance/roadproblems  

Emergency issues on the highway can be reported to the County Council by phoning: 0300 555 1388 (8:30 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday) or outside of office hours, call 101.

Report fallen trees online at: https://www.hants.gov.uk/transport/roadmaintenance/roadproblems/treehedge  

In an emergency situations where there is a danger to life call 999.