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Keeping Bedford Borough Moving

 

Tuesday 30th November 2010

 

Bedford has seen its first spread of snow this winter and Bedford Borough Council’s Winter Maintenance Plan is securely in place to ensuring that the borough continues to run smoothly, that buses are running and schools are open.

 

The Council has already made other provisions ahead of a possible repeat of last winter’s harsh conditions, buying in 3,000 tonnes of salt from Sweden to protect the borough’s roads from the possibility of another national salt shortage.

 

The roads have been assessed and prioritised; the ‘Priority 1’ network includes the majority of school bus routes and access routes to all middle, upper and special schools. 

 

Bedford Borough Council has also introduced a new way to keep residents up to date with key news. ‘Grittertweets’ will use the social networking website Twitter to inform residents when and where gritting runs are being carried out as the temperature drops during the winter period. Once individuals register and use this Twitter service they can opt to receive daily text updates advising them what gritting is taking place and whether school transport is operating normally.

 

Councillor David Sawyer, Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services, at Bedford Borough Council, said: “We are constantly monitoring the weather situation and carry out regular site visits and route testing. As soon as decisions are made, an update will be provided on our website - a daily update will be posted by 6.30am each morning.”

 

To get updates on any school closures, winter gritting and school and adult services transport visit the homepage at http://www.bedford.gov.uk/ and click on ‘Severe Weather Update’.

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