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Wakefield Council ready for winter weather - it has enough grit for 19 days of snow

Coun Denise Jeffery (centre) and Highways Network Manager for Wakefield Council, Graham West (far left)  with staff from the Tadman Street grit depot.

Coun Denise Jeffery (centre) and Highways Network Manager for Wakefield Council, Graham West (far left) with staff from the Tadman Street grit depot.

Gritting teams are ready for any snowfall or wintry weather which hits the city - says the man in charge of keeping our roads open.

So far there has been no significant snowfall which has caused major travel disruption across the city this winter.

But Graham West, Wakefield Council’s highway network manager, said there was more than 6,000 tonnes of grit in stock - enough to keep the council’s priority routes clear for more than 19 days of snowfall.

Mr West said: “As far as being ready is concerned, we have not altered anything from previous years so we are ready.

“It’s been a very mild winter but that doesn’t mean we haven’t been doing anything.

“We have gritted the priority routes 16 times so far this winter.”

The council also has around 500 snow wardens signed up across the district.

The volunteers help to clear minor routes and footpaths, while gritters focus on 560km of priority routes.

Mr West said: “We would always welcome more snow wardens. They know their areas better than anyone.

“They know where vulnerable people are, who need access, and help to clear minor roads. They play a big part in what we do.”

For more information on the council’s main gritting routes visit www.wakefield.gov.uk or to volunteer to be a snow warden call 0845 8 506 506.

 

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