Posts Tagged ‘roads’

Council readies gritters for weekend snow

Posted on Friday 3rd February 2012 at 5:29 pm by SH (Editor)

South Gloucestershire Council's fleet of gritters

South Gloucestershire Council’s state-of-the-art fleet of new snow ploughs are being readied for the first serious snowfall of the winter.

With weather forecasts showing an increased likelihood of snow through Saturday night and Sunday morning, the council’s winter maintenance team are preparing for all-night operation on Saturday night to grit the district’s roads and plough where snow settles.

Head of Street Care Mark King will be among the team behind the wheel of a snowplough on Saturday night. He said:

“The vehicles have already been out regularly this winter to salt South Gloucestershire’s roads and keep our highways safe and clear of ice.”

“However this will be the first time we have used the vehicles to deal with snow and the winter maintenance team have been working hard to ready the ploughs for a busy weekend.”

“The procedure we follow is to pre-salt roads as soon as icy conditions are forecast, and then return to plough if the snow begins to settle. At the same time, we re-salt the roads to make sure that they remain safe.”

More: New gritters named by local school children »

Source: South Gloucestershire Council


SS Great Gritter, Rocky and Crystal report for winter gritting duty

Posted on Wednesday 23rd November 2011 at 10:21 am by SH (Editor)

South Gloucestershire road gritting vehicles

South Gloucestershire’s new fleet of eleven winter gritting vehicles was officially launched last week – with a little help from the district’s primary school pupils.

Dozens of youngsters from Reception class to Year 3 had entered the council’s ‘name your gritter’ competition as part of a campaign to highlight the importance of winter road safety and the vital role of the winter gritting fleet.

The winning entries were announced at a special ceremony at Cherry Garden Primary School, Bitton by council Chair Mike Drew and Executive Member for Communities James Hunt.

Winning names included ‘SS Great Gritter’, chosen by children at Oldbury-on-Severn CEVC Primary School and ‘Rocky’, which was suggested by children at The Manor Church of England Primary School in Coalpit Heath.

Children at Cherry Garden School were singled out for special praise after two of their entries – Comet and Crystal — were selected by the judges.

Councillor Hunt said:

“Well done to all the children who took part in this competition. We had some really imaginative entries and it has been a great way to get young people thinking about the important work of our gritting fleet during the winter months.”

More: See the full list of names chosen by local schoolchildren »

Source: South Gloucestershire Council


Work starts on UWE to Abbeywood bus link

Posted on Friday 22nd July 2011 at 8:27 am by SH (Editor)

Work has started to build a new dedicated road for buses and cyclists which will speed up journey times and reduce delays to bus services.

The new two-way route links the University of West of England (UWE) Frenchay Campus with the Abbeywood Roundabout via the Cheswick housing development.

The route is over land to the rear of the Hewlett Packard site. Construction work within the UWE site will be carried out during the university summer holidays, while work on the route behind Hewlett Packard will commence in the autumn. Buses are expected to be running on the route by the summer of 2012

Cyclists will be able to use the new link and there will be an adjacent footpath which will link in with existing cycle and walking routes.

Cllr Brian Allinson, executive member for planning, transportation and the strategic environment, said: “This new bus link will help to reduce delays for a number of bus services in the local area. This will complement recently completed schemes across South Gloucestershire to improve the bus network such as the Great Stoke Way bus lane and Abbeywood Roundabout improvement.”



Appeal after drain covers stolen

Posted on Thursday 14th April 2011 at 8:25 am by SH (Editor)

Police are appealing for witnesses and information after reports that thieves have stolen metal gully or drain covers from South Gloucestershire roads.

The Council’s highways department has reported ten covers going missing throughout March and April. It’s believed they are being stolen for their scrap metal value.

Gratings are known to have been taken from Whitfield near Wotton-under-Edge; Fernhill, Almondsbury; Tytherington Road, Thornbury and Passage Road, Aust.

Neighbourhood PC Roger Hopes said: “I would appeal for anyone with any information which could help our enquiries to contact Thornbury police station on 0845 456 7000 or call the independent Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.

“Missing drain covers can be a serious hazard to road users, especially cyclists and motorbike riders. I would urge anyone who sees someone tampering with ironworks in the road to note any vehicle details and contact police immediately.”

PC Hopes added that thefts of roofing lead, copper piping and other metal are becoming more common across the country, and urged businesses and property owners to be vigilant.

Source: Avon and Somerset Police