Today marks the beginning of our winter maintenance period, with our gritters ready on standby to treat Barnsley’s 321 miles of primary gritting routes.
Our teams are now ready to face another winter as the weather starts to get colder. They’ll be on standby around the clock until 30 April 2022, ready to head out and grit main routes day or night.
Last year was an especially chilly season, with our teams covering over 44,000 miles of gritting routes and using 7,781 tonnes of salt on the roads. This winter, we’re prepared once again for whatever weather the colder months might bring.
We’re monitoring our weather stations around the borough, which along with specialised daily forecasts let us know when we need to head out and grit the roads. Air and road temperatures, rainfall, road moisture, cloud cover, wind direction and residual salt levels are all monitored 24 hours-a-day during the winter maintenance season.
The popular hashtag #SYgrit returns this year to help people find the latest updates on road conditions and gritting across South Yorkshire on social media. Follow @BarnsleyCouncil on Facebook and Twitter for local gritting updates, winter road safety tips and more.
Cllr Chris Lamb, Cabinet Spokesperson for Environment and Transport, said: “As temperatures begin to drop, it’s that time of the year where our gritting teams are prepared to tackle snow and ice on our roads. Our teams did a fantastic job of maintaining our roads last year, and they’re ready once again to face another challenging winter.
“This year also sees the return of #SYgrit, which allows us to work closely with local authorities across South Yorkshire to help our residents plan a safe journey. Don’t forget to check our social media pages, which will be keeping you in the loop with all the latest gritting updates in the area.
“Please remember to take care when travelling in colder weather, check that your vehicle is winter ready and leave plenty of time to get to your destination in adverse weather.”
For more information on gritting routes and grit bin locations, visit barnsley.gov.uk/gritting.