Snow Press Release – Gloucestershire Salt Supplies

National salt shortage: Gloucestershire’s response

Gloucestershire County Council is taking action to protect its road network following the Government’s announcement yesterday that it will take control of all national salt supplies.
The Government is taking over control of all future salt deliveries through a national ‘salt cell’. This means all salt available will be distributed by the Government on a priority basis.

With other councils’ salt supplies are at crisis levels there are concerns that supplies destined for Gloucestershire may be diverted to other councils. With no let up in the cold conditions forecast for the next 8 to 10 days, the council is reviewing its operations on a daily basis and taking action to ensure its salt supplies will last throughout this period.

Throughout the working week we have continued gritting the entire primary and secondary road network to help people get to work. The council is taking extra precautions to conserve its remaining supply. During this weekend, A roads and some B roads – that carry 75% of county’s traffic –   will continue to be salted as required. Secondary routes will not be gritted to conserve stocks.

This means from Saturday morning motorists are being warned that roads that were previously gritted may now be untreated.  The full list of treated roads is below and on the County Council website.  Whether roads are gritted or not, given the weather conditions, motorists need to be aware that black ice can develop. Snow ploughs will also be out within each district clearing the way for vehicles.

This level of gritting is likely to continue into next week but the situation will be constantly monitored and reviewed if more salt stocks become available. Taking this precaution will aim to ensure the salt stocks last until the weather changes, or until more can be delivered. This follows a similar decision from other councils such as Hampshire to reduce the routes it grits.

Even with no further snow, temperatures of down to -8 degrees are predicted so the council will need to grit the roads to prevent ice from forming. When the temperatures go below -5 degrees, salt is less effective so drivers are still urged to take extra care on the roads.

Before the winter, the council increased its salt stocks by 53% to 7,500 tonnes and a new snow dome which will hold 2,450tonnes is being built in the Cotswolds. In the last two weeks alone we have used over 6,000 tonnes of salt – compared to 8,000 to 10,000 during the entirety of a normal winter.

Cllr Stan Waddington, cabinet member for environment, said: “The Government can give us no guarantees about when Gloucestershire will get its next salt delivery.  There are lots of councils who are much worse off than Gloucestershire and they are likely to get priority.  “We have to make sure we have enough to last until the weather changes and we can’t guarantee deliveries from now on.  As more supplies come in, we can increase the amount of roads we grit.
“The advice remains the same to motorists – take extreme care and make essential journeys only.”

Primary Strategic Network being gritted from now on:
West Area
Road No.    Description
A417        Gloucester to M50
A48          A40 to southern county border (Chepstow)
A4136     West county border (Monmouth) to A40
B4228     A4136 to Chepstow via Coleford
B4234    A4136 to Lydney
A4151    Through Cinderford to A48
B4215    A40 to Newent
B4221    Newent to M50
B4226    Cinderford to Coleford
A466    West border (Monmouth) to Bigsweir

Central Area
Road No.    Description
A38    Gloucester to South Gloucestershire border
A38    Gloucester to Worcestershire border
A438    Ashchurch, Tewkesbury to M5
A419    Stroud to M5
A419    Stroud to Cirencester
A46    Stroud to Cheltenham
A46    Stroud to South Gloucestershire border
A4019    A38 to Cheltenham
A4135    A46 via Dursley to A38
Various    Gloucester City/Cheltenham Borough (as existing published Key Routes)
A435    Cheltenham to A46
A4173    Pitchcombe to Gloucester
B4058    Wotton-Under-Edge towards M5
B4632    Cheltenham to Winchcombe
East Area
Road No.    Description
A429    Wilshire border to Worcestershire border
A40    Oxfordshire border to Cheltenham
A435    Cirencester to Cheltenham
A436    Air Balloon Roundabout to A40 (including A436 spur at Andoversford)
A436    A40 Andoversford to Bourton-on-the-Water
A433    South of Cirencester through Tetbury to A46 and Dunkirk
A4135/B4014    Wiltshire border through Tetbury to A46 Calcot Crossroads
A4135    A46 Calcot Crossroads to Dursley
A46    South Gloucestershire border to Stroud
A419    Cirencester to Stroud
A417    Cirencester to Lechlade
A361    Lechlade to Oxfordshire border
A424    Oxfordshire boundary to A44 at Troopers Lodge
A44    Warwickshire border (Fish Hill) through Moreton in Marsh to Oxfordshire border
A436    Stow in the Wold to Oxfordshire border
Issued by Gloucestershire County Council’s media team 01452 425226

David Penney
Head of Communications and Public Affairs
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