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Gritting teams keep Swansea moving following snowfall

By V_Jones  |  Posted: January 21, 2013

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Swansea Council say winter maintenance teams are pulling out the stops to keep the city moving following snowfall last week.

Winter crews have travelled more than 2,500km since the snow fell on Thursday night, treating around half of the road network in the city.

And with the main road network moving, their focus is now turning to gritting pavements and ensuring children can get back to school.

Almost all schools have reopened following the snowfall on Thursday, but hand gritting teams have been sent to areas where the snow has led to some schools remaining closed.

Christopher Tonkin, head teacher at Townhill Primary, said: “The caretaker, myself and a school governor worked throughout Monday morning to clear paths and to grit slippery surfaces within the school grounds.

“We were delighted when the council grit teams came and gritted the pavements outside the school for us too. Thanks to everybody’s efforts we are hopeful that we can reopen the school tomorrow.”

Carl Humphrey, Head of Streetscene in Swansea Council, said: “Our main priority when we get heavy snow and ice is to ensure main roads are cleared. We cover around 500km each time we treat roads in the city.

“Crews have been working around the clock to keep the city moving. We are now focussing our efforts on side streets and have responded to requests from residents to grit individual streets.

“The winter maintenance teams are doing an excellent job, working around the clock when most of the city is fast asleep.”

Residents can make use of around 800 grit bins in the city to help clear ice and snow from pavements nearby. If the bins are empty, residents can contact the council to arrange for them to be refilled.

Call the council’s highway maintenance service on free phone 0800 132081 to report a problem or request more grit. To find out information about services in Swansea that may be affected by severe weather, visit www.swansea.gov.uk.

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  • HaroldMonk  |  January 21 2013, 6:55PM

    Fair play the council got the grit in and have used it well.

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  • odinhouse  |  January 21 2013, 4:06PM

    Well i must say where credit is due, well done to our gritters in my area, ( Llanelli ) Carmarthenshire .. keep it up if need so, wish the bin men did the same..?

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