If and when snow or ice is forecast for the County Borough, the Council’s Highways team is ready to spring into action, implementing its pro-active approach to keeping residents and commuters safely moving on our roads.
The Council operates a 24/7 winter maintenance service from October 1 to April 30, where its highways team maintains 1,250km of the road in the County Borough in preparation for an unexpected visit from Jack Frost.
The Council's Winter Service Provision Plan
Rhondda Cynon Taf’s priority carriageway routes are identified in a Precautionary Salting Network – that’s 429km of road treated by 20 dedicated gritting vehicles, manned by the Council’s Out of Hours 24/7 Response Team. A single run of the Network sees between 50 and 70 tonnes of salt spread on the County Borough’s most well-used roads.
Technology installed in the gritting vehicles helps members of the Highways team to navigate each route, and automatically controls how much salt is spread. With the machine programmed to release the amount of salt relative to current conditions, less salt is wasted.
Winter Maintenance Across Rhondda Cynon Taf: All You Need To Know
Residents are reminded that, during inclement weather, it is important that cars are parked safely – leaving enough room for gritting vehicles to pass.
Also, grit bins are in place and regularly topped up to treat public highways and footpaths – but are not intended for use on personal driveways. Where possible, residents should ensure that elderly and less mobile residents are given priority access to the grit bins.
Posted on Thursday 7th December 2017