Our highways managers and staff – working with meteorological experts from the Met Office, Metdesk and DTN are closely monitoring weather forecasts and are prepared for whatever challenging conditions the autumn and winter seasons may bring.
National Highways last week offered advice for motorists travelling on the roads in the autumn amid changing weather conditions where there is an increased chance of severe weather including fog, heavy rain, ice, high winds and gales.
Our roads are only salted when there is a risk of ice forming. This could be when the road surface temperatures are forecast to drop below +1°C or when moisture could be present that could form ice.
Various behind-the-scenes activities came into operation at National Highways at the start of October. These include:
Our 21 regional severe weather plans have been reviewed and become live
Gritting routes have been reviewed and updated where needed.
Darren Clark, Severe Weather Resilience Manager at National Highways, said: “We spend five months during the warmer weather gearing up for seven months of operations covering the autumn and winter period, right up to 30 April.
“October is an important month and has been for many years, giving us the opportunity to test and refine our plans before severe weather conditions arrive later in the season.”