GEARING UP FOR WINTER ON THE BOROUGH’S
Bedford Borough Council has launched 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. These include:
- @grittertweets – The Council’s dedicated Twitter service,
providing updates on road conditions and gritting runs 24 hours a
day, 7 days a week - twitter.com/grittertweets
- Winter maintenance webpage – A simple and convenient web tool
which provides daily updates on public transport, adult transport
and bin collections - www.bedford.gov.uk/winterupdates
- GPS tracking – Gritting lorries are fitted with GPS technology
which allows anyone to see, in real time, when and where they are
working - www.bedford.gov.uk/winterupdates.
Bedford Borough has secured over 5,000 tonnes of gritting salt
during the spring and summer months to ensure our stocks are topped
up and ready if needed. The Council’s gritting lorries feature the
latest technology including GPS transmitters and equipment which
ensures salt is spread effectively.
Finally, the Council’s specially adapted quad bike will be on
call to grit priority 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
“We have made sure we are well stocked with plenty of salt to
treat our roads and have real time systems to ensure local
residents and businesses are kept informed.
“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