Councillor Perry said: “During the coldest weather Hampshire has endured for many years, our staff are working tirelessly to ensure essential services are delivered, while our round-the-clock operations on the roads have supported stranded motorists and kept as many roads clear as possible. After battling throughout the night, all ‘Priority 1’ routes were open this morning, with the exception of the A272 at Cheesefoot Head, near Winchester, which had to be closed late this morning due to drifting snow and where we have had JCBs out to help. The road should be reopened this afternoon. We also worked with Highways England to support diversions on the A34 following the closure yesterday morning.
“We are continuing our 24/7 operation, working closely with our partners, including more than 100 volunteer farmers with snow ploughs, who are to be applauded for their sterling work in helping with our recovery efforts, together with the many volunteer 4 x 4 drivers who came to the aid of over 300 calls for assistance. I must also thank our district council colleagues who have been helping to keep footpaths, and town and village centres gritted and clear of snow.
“Our message to Hampshire residents is to only travel if it is essential and please continue to check on vulnerable family, neighbours and friends. We are ready to do all we possibly can to help keep motorists safe, the roads passable, and vulnerable residents secure.”
The County Council’s Highways crews are continuing to salt Hampshire's main roads first. These ‘Priority 1’ routes cover approximately one third of the county road network which carries the majority of Hampshire’s traffic. The priority routes cover A roads, some B roads, major bus routes, roads to hospitals and other key emergency hubs, large schools and colleges, areas of high traffic concentration and public transport interchanges.
Thousands of community salt bins have been re-filled across Hampshire. 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.
The Authority’s adult social care teams are continuing to operate around the clock to ensure support is delivered to people in their own homes, Hampshire’s hospitals and in residential and nursing settings. Elderly and vulnerable residents, the very young and those with medical conditions such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or diabetes, are advised to stay indoors and keep warm.
If anyone is worried about an elderly neighbour or relative, they should call Hampshire County Council’s Adults’ Health and Care team on 0300 555 1386, during the week in working hours, (8.30am to 5pm, Monday to Thursday, 8.30am to 4.30pm Friday) or call 0300 555 1373 out of hours and on weekends and Bank Holidays.
In the light of continued bad weather, Veolia, who manage the Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) contract for Hampshire County Council, took the decision to close all of HWRCs, from 1pm today, Friday 2 March for safety reasons. For up to date information on HWRCs, please visit: https://www.hants.gov.uk/wasteandrecycling/recyclingcentres
For more information on local bin collections visit: https://www.gov.uk/find-local-council
For the latest information on when the winter fleet is set to salt Hampshire roads, and information on roads affected by bad weather, follow @hantshighways on Twitter.
• More information on Hampshire roads during severe weather
• ROSPA has some good advice on safe winter driving
• Information on any schools affected by adverse weather