Gritting crews ready to keep Barnsley moving this winter

Barnsley Council’s gritters are on standby ready to face another challenging winter.     

Our gritting crews are ready to keep the 321 miles of gritting routes moving with the borough’s two grit domes full to the brim with 12,000 tonnes of grit. They used about 4,000 tonnes last year so there is plenty to go around even if we face a harsher winter than last year.    

The winter maintenance period begins now, with crews on standby around the clock until after Easter to begin gritting whenever there is a possibility of freezing road temperatures or snow, and monitor closely the best time to grit in order to maximise its effectiveness.    

A specialised daily forecast gives predictions of the possibility of freezing road temperatures, snow and other weather data, and the time those conditions may occur. Other live data is received from weather stations in the Barnsley area including air and road temperatures, rainfall and road moisture, cloud cover and wind direction, all of which is 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.    

Cllr Chris Lamb, Cabinet Spokesperson for Place, said: “We have a fantastic team in Barnsley who are well practiced in keeping our roads clear but there’s no secret in the fact that COVID-19 continues to present extra challenges to virtually all council services, so extra planning has been required this year to make sure our crews can work safely.    

“Many of our gritting crews are the same people who helped maintain waste collections and other council services earlier this year, so they have already earned extra thanks and appreciation before the first flakes of snow appear.     

“Working in a socially distanced and COVID-secure way is more difficult and takes extra planning, thought and effort, but I know our crews will rise to the challenge and keep themselves safe so they can keep us all safe on the roads this winter.    

“Please remember that grit bins are provided at many locations to help keep the road clear. This isn’t for use on private property or footways.    

“It’s great to #SYgrit being used on social media once again, allowing us to work closely with local authorities across South Yorkshire to help our residents plan a safe journey.    

“Please take care when travelling in colder weather, check that your vehicle is winter ready and leave plenty of time for your journey in adverse weather.”    

For more information on gritting routes and grit bin locations, visit barnsley.gov.uk/gritting 

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