Hampshire Highways ready for a cold snap

With bitterly cold days and freezing nights forecast from Wednesday 7 December, Hampshire’s Highway teams will be ready, day and night, to keep main roads clear of ice and keep the county moving

Dec 6 2022

Spead Sheeran

Councillor Nick Adams-King, Hampshire County Council’s Executive Member for Highways Operations, said: “We are fully prepared for the cold weather. Our salt barns are well stocked, with around 20,000 tonnes of salt available, and our gritter fleet is ready to go. Earlier this year, all of our HGV gritter drivers received specialist driver training to equip them with the necessary advanced driving skills to stay safe in icy conditions. 

“However, we all need to make sure that we take extra care and drive according to the weather conditions at all times - even on the roads that have been salted. I’d ask drivers to please be patient around the salting lorries which need to keep to a maximum speed of 30 mph when spreading salt.”

There are thousands of blue or yellow salt bins across Hampshire filled for community use. Salt from these bins is for use on public roads and pavements and can be particularly useful to ‘join up’ salting from the main road, carried out by our salting vehicles, to smaller access roads and pavements. 

Councillor Adams-King added: “We have provided salt bins in communities so that residents can help to reduce the risk of ice on their neighbourhood roads and pavements. Spreading just one tablespoon of salt (about 20 grammes) is sufficient to treat up to one square metre of road or pavement surface. I really appreciate the help residents provide during wintry conditions, and I would ask people to let us know if a salt bin needs refilling.” 

People can report if a salt bin needs refilling via the County Council’s website: https://www.hants.gov.uk/transport/roadmaintenance/roadproblems/saltbinrefill

Hampshire Highways’ dedicated fleet of winter vehicles are all fitted with the latest technology to ensure salting is deposited on the highway accurately and efficiently, including full satellite navigation guidance, automatic salt delivery and dedicated snow ploughs.

Hampshire’s main roads are always treated first. The 44 ‘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. Each salt run takes approximately three to four hours to complete. 

During periods of prolonged severe weather, Priority two’ routes, which include remaining B roads and single access roads to villages, may also be treated.

Further information on salting routes and community salt bin locations is available on the County Council’s web pages: https://www.hants.gov.uk/transport/roadmaintenance/severeweather 

For advice on clearing snow and ice from pavements yourself visit: https://www.gov.uk/clear-snow-road-path-cycleway 

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