Birmingham City Council: It’s Time For The Gritters

Birmingham City Council have advised gritters will be out in force tonight 26/10/12 from 9PM on wards on the Birmingham Road Network.  They have also urged motorists and businesses in the city to take a few simple steps which will help them ‘be prepared’ for the onset of the snow, ice and cold weather this winter.

As well as urging drivers to consider whether trips are essential before they head out officials are also advising drivers to:

  • Consider whether you can walk / cycle / use public transport / car pool / share vehicles with others
  • Keep petrol levels up in case you get stuck unexpectedly in traffic
  • Avoid travelling at peak times if you can
  • Restrict your speed
  • Stick to larger roads but be aware you need to drive carefully even where gritting has occurred

In 2011 Cllr Timothy Huxtable, Cabinet Member for Transportation and Regeneration, said: “Keeping the city and its roads safe and moving throughout the winter is of critical importance to residents and businesses in Birmingham alike, which is why we carefully plan to ensure we are well prepared for whatever the weather may throw at us each year.

“Our winter maintenance programme, which includes gritting, plays a key part in this. But residents and motorists themselves also have a very important role to play by taking simple precautions and modifying their behaviour to suit wider weather conditions.”

Drivers are also being urged to carry key supplies in their vehicle to help keep them safe and warm in case they get stuck in traffic or breakdown. Key equipment motorists should consider keeping with them include:

  • Bottled water
  • Long life snacks
  • First Aid Kit
  • Torch and batteries
  • Mobile phone and cigar plug lead
  • Useful telephone numbers
  • Blankets and warm clothing
  • Waterproof clothing and  boots

Another important way commuters and shoppers can help reduce pressure on the road network and potential traffic jams in poor weather is to try and stagger journey times away from the usual morning and teatime rush hours.