'We're working around the clock' says gritting chief

Published: 18 Jan 2013 12:300 comments

THE man in charge of gritting Bracknell Forest's roads has reassured motorists and residents that his staff are doing all they can to keep roads clear amid heavy snow. Anthony Radford-Foley says gritting teams are working continuously today (Friday) gritting and are now preparing to send out snow ploughs.

One of the smaller council gritting vehicles working on the borough's more minor routes.

One of the smaller council gritting vehicles working on the borough's more minor routes.

Bracknell Forest Council has five gritting machines in total - three large ones that are covering the primary routes (A and B roads) and two small vehicles covering other roads.

Mr Radford-Foley, head of highways asset management, said the council had enough staff to ensure the gritting machines could work round-the-clock (in eight-hour shifts) if necessary.

Other council staff, including gardeners unable to do their normal job because of the snow, are working hard to clear shopping parades and footpaths.

"We are mobilising as much labour as we can," said Mr Radford-Foley.

He warned that the forecast - which is constantly monitored by the council - is very poor for Friday and said grit is not "a magic bullet" to getting rid of the snow.

"I'm looking at the weather forecast and it doesn't look good," he added.

With 2,200 tonnes of salt stocked at the council's Downmill Road depot, Mr Radford-Foley assured residents there was more than enough to grit roads. About 1,000 tonnes are usually used in an entire winter.

Mr Radford-Foley said Bracknell Forest's salt bins would be stocked up as quickly as possible but warned this was a large task.

"We will fill them up as quickly as we can," he said.

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