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WINTER SERVICE TEAM ALL GEARED UP

Bury Council’s Winter Service Team has been at the ready since November for the winter ahead. The long winter of 2017/18 meant the gritters were out treating the borough’s routes from November 2017 to April 2018, twice as often as the previous year. The Winter Service Team is made up of 5 vehicles, 16 drivers and four duty officers. In preparation for severe weather, Bury Council has a stock of 2,500 tonnes of Safecote treated salt which is stored at Bolton Council’s depot to improve opportunities for sharing resources should the need arise. Safecote salt is used because it is coated with molasses and sticks to the road surface better. It is also less corrosive. 324 salt bins are in place at known trouble spots across the borough, such as where there are sharp bends or steep inclines and where historically snow and ice have caused serious problems. All bins are being re-stocked by street cleansing teams. Decisions to grit or not grit and how many runs need to be carried out are based on the Winter Forecast Service provided by Metcorp. The service is activated whenever temperatures are predicted to fall below freezing. Only roads and streets on the official gritting routes are treated, the service cannot cover all 650 km of road throughout the borough. Councillor Alan Quinn, cabinet member for the environment, said: “Our dedicated team are ready for action as the first bite of winter kicks in. Keeping Bury moving and keeping people safe is a priority, so our winter service team will be on standby 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, often working through the night until next April, including over Christmas and New Year.”
For more information about the winter service, including a list of treated roads and streets, self-help salt bin locations and advice on clearing ice and snow from pavements, visit www.bury.gov.uk/gritting.

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