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Protecting our roads this winter

Bedford Borough Council’s winter maintenance service is now up and running

 

The Council operates a range of winter maintenance services to keep local residents informed about efforts to keep the borough moving if and when severe winter weather arrives. This includes:

 

• @grittertweets – The Council’s dedicated Twitter service, providing updates on road conditions and gritting runs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
• Winter maintenance webpage – A simple and convenient web tool which provides daily updates on public transport, adult transport and bin collections
• GPS tracking – Gritting lorries are fitted with GPS technology which allows anyone to see, in real time, when and where our gritting lorries are working.

 

Bedford Borough has secured over 5,000 tonnes of grit during the spring and summer months to ensure our stocks are topped up and ready if needed. The Council will also soon take delivery of three new gritting lorries, which feature the latest technology, including GPS transmitters and equipment which ensures grit is spread effectively. 

 

Finally, the specially adapted quad bike will be on call to grit areas the lorries cannot reach, such as the town centre and other busy pedestrian areas.

 

Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said: “We know how important it is to local residents that we do all we can to keep the borough’s roads moving all year round, rain or shine.

 

“That is why we work throughout the year to make sure the Council is as well prepared as possible ahead of the winter weather.

 

“We have made sure we are well stocked with plenty of grit to treat our roads, secured three brand new gritting lorries and made sure our efforts to keep local residents and businesses informed are up to scratch.

 

“Of course, we all hope for a mild winter but local residents can be assured that if the weather is harsh, we are well prepared to minimise the impact and keep the borough moving.”

 

From Friday 25th October, the Council’s grittertweets will be available at:
https://twitter.com/grittertweets

and winter maintenance webpage:
http://www.bedford.gov.uk/winterupdates

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