Mykirklees: winter Index Facts and Figures What people said Twitter feedback What things cost Winter myths Top three FAQ’s Clearing snow
Mykirklees: winter Facts and figures:• We look after over 1,900km (about 1,200 miles) of road network .• We grit 60% of that network , these priority routes are main roads, main bus routes and steep roads that provide important links to main roads. This represents over 700 miles of road that can be treated within two hours of starting to grit.• We have 32 vehicles that we can use for gritting (plus reserves)• We have 1,250 grit/salt bins, the grit is provided for use on public roads and pavements.• We use rock salt which is known as grit but is in fact about 99% salt. A grit for frost uses about 100 tonnes of salt, when it snows we use over 240.• We have text message activated snow warning signs to warn drivers of difficult situations ahead.• We get up to date weather forecasts direct from the MET office and have weather stations and sensors around Kirklees. We also have night patrols to monitor the situation on the roads.
If the grit bins Mykirklees: winter were full at least What people said: we’d be able to do something Make sure the salt and the ourselves gritters are ready for winter Paths should be gritted, not I don’t think its feasible to say just roadsthat Kirklees as a council should be able to clear every roadwhen the snow comes down. Its just not that simple is it? Roads should be cleared within 24 hours I think they do a pretty reasonable I think they should Major roads and steep job for our have someone on hills should be money. foot walking around prioritised because [gritting by hand] they would be dangerous otherwise
Mykirklees: winter Twitter feedback: Got to say the roads have been very well cleared and the The roads haveBig thumbs up to you general been SO muchguy. A gritter came organisation/notificati better this year,down our road today, 2 ons have been top sadly it means IDec, the first time notch from have got to workEVER that has @KirkleesWinter every day! haha.happened.. Thank you A job well done so far imo its not ALL your fault! The weather is playing its part. I know you have not got a magic I think wand, its just @KirkleesWinter frustrating. have done a Im impressed with the fantastic job! Easy state of the roads journey from today. Well done Honley to BarnsleyKeep up the good gritting teams. Keep up this morning!work I know your the good work Thanks!getting complaintsbut you cant beeverywhere at thesame time
Mykirklees: winter What things cost:• £900 - Grit bin: 3yrs (inc grit)• £1300 - Grit bin: 5yrs (inc grit)• £46,000 - To fill all grit bins in the region (1250)• £15,000 - 1 grit of priority route (gritted 40 times in December 2010)• £2000 - per hour of ploughing – in addition to gritting costs.• £16000 - per day – snow / ice clearance from village/town centres (15-20 a day)• £30,000 - Resurface an average road (250m)• £100,000 - Reconstruct an average road (250m)
Mykirklees: winter Winter myths:Myth: Gritters don’t work weekends.A: Yes they do! We grit when we need to regardless of the day of the week.Myth: If the roads aren’t clear of snow it means they haven’t been gritted.A: Grit helps to stop water on the road freezing, fresh snow can still settle on a gritted road.Myth: If the road is ploughed it should be clear down to the tarmacA: Ploughs can’t rest on the road (catseyes, ironworks etc), so clear snow to a depth of approx 2”Myth: If I can’t see grit on the road, it’s not been grittedA: Most Grit is now kept covered and dry, therefore is much finer and distributed evenly – making itdifficult to see.Myth: I never see a gritter, therefore you haven’t grittedA: Our gritters work best in light traffic so we grit early/late, we have 32 in our fleet and most aredual purpose flatbed HGV’s so not obvious during the day.
Mykirklees: winter Top three FAQ’s:I got up this morning and the roads What’s the point gritting the main Why don’t you grit the pavements?are covered in snow, why haven’t roads if you don’t do the side roads We have 1,900km (about 1,200 miles) ofyou gritted? so we can get to them? road and most of that has pavement onWe probably have gritted the roads but it The main roads are the backbone of the both sides - that is a lot of pavement! It’sdoesn’t stop the snow from settling. Grit road network. They allow transport very difficult to grit pavements because werelies on traffic to crush it and ‘activate’ it. companies to deliver fuel and food and to can’t use the same machinery we use to gritThe salt works by lowering the freezing re-supply shops. They are also vitally roads and because grit needs to be crushedpoint of moisture on the surface once it important for the emergency services. For in by traffic to get it working. We will clearhas been ‘ground in’ by traffic. On quieter these reasons, it is essential that we keep as ice and snow in town centres by hand whenroutes with less traffic, snow can settle much of the priority route network open as we have the staff and grit to be able to doover a gritted surface to give the possible. Under normal circumstances, this. We do clear pavements in key areasimpression it has not been gritted. when the priority route is clear and there is such as schools, hospitals and doctorsModern grit is also finer and kept in dry standing snow, we do grit the side roads as surgeries for example but mass clearing ofstorage where possible. The days of seeing well. If the weather is particular severe or pavements is near impossible.lumps of grit on the roads or a brown trail has continued for several days then it is aafter a gritter has passed are long gone. continuous task to keep the priorityGrit can be washed off the roads by network clear so fewer side roads can besurface water or rain and it’s less effective dealt with.at temperatures below -5°C, with a verylimited effect below -10°C.Having said that, it’s still the best thingavailable to us to use with the weatherconditions in this country.
Mykirklees: winter Clearing snow:Theres no law stopping you from clearing If you remove the top layer of snow in the These wont stop the path icing over assnow and ice on the pavement outside morning, any sunshine during the day will well as salt, but will provide good gripyour home or from public spaces. help melt any ice beneath. You can then under foot. cover the path with salt before nightfall to Take care where you move the snow.Its unlikely youll be sued or held legally stop it refreezing overnight. When youre shovelling snow, take careresponsible for any injuries on the path if Use salt or sand - not water. where you put it so it doesnt blockyou have cleared it carefully. Follow the If you use water to melt the snow, it may peoples paths or drains. Make sure yousnow code when clearing snow and ice refreeze and turn to black ice. Black ice make a path down the middle of the areasafely. increases the risk of injuries as it is to be cleared first, so you have a clearIf you clear snow and ice yourself, be invisible and very slippery. You can prevent surface to walk on. Then shovel the snowcareful - dont make the pathways more black ice by spreading some salt on the from the centre of the path to the sides.dangerous by causing them to refreeze. area you have cleared. You can use Offer to clear your neighbours paths.But dont be put off clearing paths because ordinary table or dishwasher salt - a If your neighbour will have difficultyyoure afraid someone will get injured. tablespoon for each square metre you getting in and out of their home, offer toRemember, people walking on snow and clear should work. Dont use the salt found clear snow and ice around their propertyice have responsibility to be careful in salting bins - this will be needed to keep as well. Check that any elderly or disabledthemselves. Follow the advice below to the roads clear. Be careful not to spread neighbours are alright in the cold weather.make sure you clear the pathway safely salt on plants or grass as it may causeand effectively. them damage. If you dont have enoughClear the snow or ice early in the day. salt, you can also use sand or ash.Its easier to move fresh, loose snow ratherthan hard snow that has packed togetherfrom people walking on it. So if possible,start removing the snow and ice in themorning.