Roads teams in Sheffield are ‘ready for whatever the weather has to throw at them’ at the start of the winter season.
Streets Ahead said it had 19 gritters, 19 snow ploughs and 15 tractor ploughs – as well as stockpiles of grit, a snow blower and constant weather updates – to help them keep on top of the task ahead in the city as the start of October marked the start of the winter maintenance season.
Several weeks ago, Sheffield Council controversially decided to cut the number of priority two roads gritted before snow in Sheffield by 94 miles in a bid to save £100,000 a year and meet budget cuts – despite opposition from residents.
And, despite recent warm weather, temperatures are expected to start dropping – with a low of 5C forecast for tonight.
Coun Jack Scott, cabinet member for environment, recycling and streetscene, said: “We know we’re likely to see cold weather this winter and we are prepared with our full team to act if we need to.
“As well as our gritters, we’re able to draft in other Streets Ahead staff to help clear snow and ice on key walking routes in the city centre, surrounding Sheffield’s hospitals and other major shopping areas.
“We are prepared for winter and I’d urge everyone to be prepared too.”
Forecasters at Meteo Group said tonight would be the coldest day of the week, with temperatures as low as 5C.
Tomorrow will be dry with sunny spells and daytime temperatures of 15C.
And forecasters said that from Friday, rain is set to move into the region to create unsettled weather with a more ‘autumnal feel’ and more typical temperatures.
Commuters are also being urged to make themselves familiar with the new routes available across the city after changes to gritting patterns were made.
Details of the new routes, – as well as the location of grit bins after 400 were moved or removed as part of the cuts – are available at www.sheffield.gov.uk/winter