Gritters ready to keep Sheffield roads open overnight

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Sheffield’s fleet of 20 gritters will be out on the road again this evening and overnight to deal with further light snow and ice.

Currently all major roads are passable with some minor width restrictions due to lying snow in channels and parked cars in some locations.

Higher routes have been retreated with rock salt this morning.

Sheffield Council motorists are advised to take care and drive according to the conditions, but it should be possible for people to get home from work and school without any significant delays.

Up to 1cm of snow is expected overnight, gritters will be out on the road from 7.30pm treating major routes as well as known hotspots for standing water on roads. Crews have also been refilling grit bins while they’ve been out and about.

Clear skies after midnight will see a fall in temperatures and possibly ice forming on untreated roads.

Further snow is possible over the next few days and temperatures are expected to remain close to 0°C during the day and fall to -4°C during the night.

A Sheffield Council spokeswoman said: “Amey’s Streets Ahead team, on behalf of Sheffield Council, will continue to treat priority footways and deal with any snow on other roads during the day tomorrow as resources become available.

“Individual requests for the removal of snow on side roads off the major network are being dealt with according to resources and need. Priority will be given to urgent cases from emergency services.

“In addition, resources have been diverted from other highway maintenance work to clear snow from footways at shopping areas, around hospitals and in the city centre together with refilling grit/salt bins, and bags for Snow Wardens.

“Today’s snow caused little disruption to council services. There was only one school closure - Wisewood Primary - and no mobile library services were affected.

“No home care services for older people have been affected. Contingency plans are in place to send 4-wheel drive vehicles with trained drivers into badly affected areas if needed.”

Coun Jack Scott, Sheffield Council’s cabinet member for environment, recycling and streetscene, said: “Our aim is to keep Sheffield moving during this spell of snowy weather.

“We are doing our upmost to keep the major routes clear, and to maintain all our services. But we would remind people to take extra care both on the roads and pathways, particularly overnight and tomorrow morning as the snow turns to ice.”

Waste contractor Veolia has issued advice for households whose bins were not emptied today.

A spokeswoman said: “Due to the snow and ice on some roads and footpaths, a small number of black bins and blue bins/boxes may not have been emptied today.

“Where it is safe to do so, we ask those that have not had their collection today to remove all bins and boxes from the pavement and present them again before 7am tomorrow. We apologise for the inconvenience caused.

“If your black bin or blue bin/box collection day is due tomorrow, please put your bin/box out for emptying as normal.”

For further information visit www.sheffield.gov.uk/snow; www.travelsouthyorkshire.co.uk and www.veolia.co.uk/sheffield.

All requests for council Winter Maintenance Services, including emergency potholing and refilling grit bins, should be made to either the Council’s Contact Centre on 0114 273 4567 or to Streets Ahead at streetsahead@sheffield.gov.uk.