Having kept Monmouthshire’s roads open through a succession of arctic winters, Monmouthshire County Council is taking no chances as it starts the autumn with a full stock of road salt and more on order.
Cllr Bryan Jones, Cabinet Member for County Operations, said:
“Our gritting routes cover around a third of the county’s 1000 mile (1600km) road network. Last year we went out so many times that we gritted nearly 16,000 miles (25750km) of road – about the same as a return trip to Antarctica.”
Monmouthshire’s full stock of road salt is 10,000 tonnes. The council grits a third of its road network according to need, covering about 350 (560km) miles.
Cllr Jones added:
“Monmouthshire is quite a big county and stretches from the Brecon Beacons in the north to the sea in the south. So we do have a variable climate, which means that we could have fairly mild weather by the coast and snow on the mountains. We are fully geared up to deal with this though.”
You can view Monmouthshire’s road salting routes on the council website: