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Council prepared for winter weather as Mayor unveils latest weapon in battle to keep the borough moving

With winter fast approaching, Mayor Dave Hodgson has unveiled Bedford Borough Council’s latest weapon in the Council’s armoury to keep the borough moving during the cold months.


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A specially equipped quad bike will be available to grit busy pedestrian areas, such as the town centre and other shopping parades as well as other narrow and hard to reach routes the gritting lorries cannot reach. This is all part of the Council’s aim to keep the borough moving if another harsh winter arrives.


In addition to the new quad bike, Bedford Borough Councils ‘Gritter Twitter’ service is now up and running once again.


‘Grittertweets’ was launched last winter and provided daily updates on road conditions and informed followers when and where gritting crews will be salting roads throughout the borough.


However, these provisions would be nothing without the grit needed to treat our roads and pavements. That is why Bedford Borough Council has proactively sourced approximately 7,000 tonnes of grit, with a further 3,000 tonnes on order. In fact, the Council has secured so much grit in advance of the winter period the doors at the Twinwoods depot fell off!


The Council’s winter maintenance webpage is also up and running. This provides information on weather conditions and gritting runs and also updates if school or adult transport services are affected by bad weather.


Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said: “The last two winters have seen incredibly harsh conditions in the borough, but thanks to early preparation and the commitment and dedication of front-line staff we were able to maintain services and to continue to grit a full network of road routes and heavily-used pedestrianised areas. We are committed to doing all we can this winter once again to keep the Borough moving, and have worked very hard in the warmer months to ensure we are fully prepared for the colder months.


“This year, I am delighted to announce we will also be using a specially equipped quad bike to grit pedestrian areas in the borough. This will allow us to effectively treat busy pedestrian areas such as shopping areas and keep pedestrians, as well as motorists, safe this winter.


“Our grittertweets and Winter Maintenance webpage will again return this winter. Each of these services proved to be helpful to a growing number of residents last year, keeping people up to date with the latest information on road conditions and any weather-related impacts on Council services, and we will once again be as open and responsive as we can in communicating during any periods of harsh weather.”


Any questions on highways can be directed to the Highway Helpdesk on 01234 718003


The Council’s grittertweets service is available at:

The winter maintenance webpage is available at:

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