Gritters working to keep Hertfordshire roads open

PUBLISHED: 11:50 02 February 2009 | UPDATED: 21:32 26 October 2009

French Horn Lane in Hatfield this morning

French Horn Lane in Hatfield this morning

GRITTERS are hard at work across the county trying to keep the transport network open. Hertfordshire Highways' gritting team went out four times overnight, a spokeswoman said. And workers will continue to grit and clear the roads as further snowfall is ex

GRITTERS are hard at work across the county trying to keep the transport network open.

Hertfordshire Highways' gritting team went out four times overnight, a spokeswoman said.

And workers will continue to grit and clear the roads as further snowfall is expected throughout today (Monday).

The spokeswoman said: "We have been ploughing continuously since the first major snowfalls overnight, and have mobilised assistance from the district councils and, in rural areas, from farmers and contractors so the maximum available resources are at work.

"However, we cannot get to all roads straight away. As well as dealing with our standard network of main roads, we are working very closely with the police to identify and deal with local blockages in priority order.

She added: "With more snow forecast, we will continue to adapt our response to the conditions."

* The county's 58 gritting lorries salt the county's A and B roads, all bus routes, at least one road in and out of villages, industrial areas and shopping centres on each gritting trip.

The decision to send out the crews is based on information received from up-to-the-minute weather forecasts and 12 roadside weather-reporting stations linked to computers.

If you spot a problem with Hertfordshire's roads, then you can report it by visiting www.hertsdirect.org/highwayfaults or call 01438 737320.

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