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Medway Council’s gritting lorries will be out throughout the weekend as temperatures tumble across the southeast.

The Met Office is predicting snow showers, some heavy, could add to the already freezing temperatures for the southeast by the start of next week.

The council has 5,000 tonnes of salt stockpiled for use on the area’s highways, as well as 388 salt bins and eight gritting vehicles.

Gritting lorries will work overnight on major routes to treat the surfaces, and sweeping gangs will treat priority footpaths and car parks if there is significant snowfall or freezing conditions. This will be repeated over the weekend with extra gritting runs on some routes.

Details of salting routes and salt bin locations can be found on the council’s website, as well as updates on weather forecasts, travel information and advice on coping with the bad weather.

Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Front Line Services Cllr Phil Filmer said: “The forecasts for snow over the weekend may be uncertain, but there is the potential for wintry showers over the weekend and into next week.

“Medway Council are fully prepared and our teams will be working hard to salt all primary and secondary routes across the area and minimise any potential disruption to residents.

“Regardless of snow, temperatures are likely to dip below freezing over the weekend leading to potential hazardous driving conditions.

“As always, our advice to motorists is to take care on the roads, and should there be severe weather conditions, to consider whether their journey is really necessary.

“They should also ensure they have warm clothing, a mobile phone and a torch with them.

“I would encourage residents to visit the council website, where they can find up to date travel and weather information as well as advice on the steps we are taking to help residents during the bad weather. Local radio also provides a good source of up to date information.”

For more information, visit www.medway.gov.uk

Thank you to the residents of Medway, that’s the message from Medway Council’s Highways Department, which has recognised the community effort being made to keep local roads and pavements clear. More

Medway Council’s gritters will be out keeping the roads moving over the weekend if we have snowfall.

Forecasts are predicting a turn in the weather on Saturday evening and council teams are out working in case that happens.

Gritting lorries will work overnight from tonight on major routes to treat the surfaces, and sweeping gangs will treat priority footpaths and car parks if there is significant snowfall.

The council salts primary and secondary road routes during severe weather and details of where these are, as well as salt bin locations, can be found on the council’s website, http://www.medway.gov.uk/winter.

Updates on weather forecasts, travel information, and advice on coping with the bad weather are also on this webpage.

Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Front Line Services Cllr Phil Filmer said: “Our teams will work hard to salt all primary and secondary routes across the area and minimise disruption to residents.

“If there is significant snowfall our advice to motorists is to drive carefully, allow extra time for their journeys and ensure their vehicles are in a good condition before they set off. They should also ensure they have warm clothing, a mobile phone and a torch on their vehicle.

“I encourage residents to visit the council website, where they can find up to date travel and weather information as well as advice on the steps we are taking to help residents during the bad weather.”

The authority’s preparations include:-

*5000 tonnes of salt stockpiled

*Eight salting vehicles

*388 salt bins

*4×4 vehicles available to reach those in more rural areas.

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