Hampshire Highways ready for Storm Arwen this weekend

Hampshire’s Highways teams are on full alert following the Met Office’s Yellow warning for strong winds as Storm Arwen blows in

Nov 26 2021

The weather warning is from midnight to 6pm on Saturday 27 November. There is also a chance of some sleet or snow in the north of the county on Saturday morning but it is expected to clear quickly. 

Councillor Russell Oppenheimer, Hampshire County Council’s Executive Member for Highways Operations, said: “Storm Arwen could bring gusts of wind up to 55mph in some areas of the county this weekend. Our highways teams are ready to work round the clock, with additional resources on standby if needed, to keep Hampshire moving. 

“We’ve had an exceptionally wet summer this year and already heavily saturated ground means that trees are more susceptible to falling in strong winds or sudden gusts so we will have extra tree crews available. 

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

In the event of freezing temperatures or snow, Hampshire Highways’ dedicated fleet of 43 winter vehicles are on standby. The vehicles are fitted with the latest technology to ensure salting is accurate and efficient, utilising GPS guidance.

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 (8:30am to 5pm, 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.