Council Brrr-aced for cold snap

Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council is braced for the expected cold snap that could herald the start of winter – with gritting teams all set to keep motorists safe on the roads.

A fleet of gritters and other specialist vehicles will once again be mainly operating from Boulby Mine, with highways crews ready to work round-the-clock over the chilly months ahead.

The team has a diverse geographical patch to cover, with the Borough’s roads network spanning 695 kilometres and stretching from urban areas to rural East Cleveland.
Scores of salt bins are also dotted around the Borough – for people to use on local roads, rather than their own properties.

The authority will also be taking to social media platforms Twitter and Facebook to provide residents with real-time information about gritting – and its many other services – throughout winter.

People can sign up for up-to-the-minute alerts on roads, any changes to refuse and recycling collections, event cancellations, impacts on school transport and more.
The alerts service will also let parents know, by 7am, whether local schools have informed the Council that they will be closing that day.

Alerts can be found at www.facebook.com/rcbcalerts and on Twitter @RedcarCleveland
The Council’s contact centre can also be reached on 01642 774774.

Councillor Helen McLuckie, Cabinet Member for Highways, Transportation and Planning, said: “Our highways teams will be doing their very best to keep roads and footpaths as clear as possible over the winter.

“Gritting priorities will be major roads, important commuter routes, known accident spots and roads serving main shopping areas.

“Our social media channels will give people the very latest information on the roads and other services, and I would encourage people to sign up for them.”

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