With temperatures starting to drop, Milton Keynes Council is reminding local drivers of the importance of preparing for the winter conditions by offering free winter driving kits and advice to motorists.
The gritting and road safety teams along with Ringway staff will be here on Friday 14 November from 11am – 2pm between GAP and Hollister.
The Road Safety team will be advising motorists what equipment they should keep in their cars, as well as advice on how to meet the legal requirements to make vehicles suitable for the road in bad weather, and tips on how to drive in snowy and icy conditions.
The gritting team will also be on hand to answer any questions about the gritting routes, grit bins and how they keep the roads clear. The council has already started their gritting season has stockpiled rock salt in readiness for any icy weather. With an additional three new weather stations around the borough, the council’s gritting team is constantly monitoring the weather, so they can react quickly and grit the roads to keep Milton Keynes moving.
The Local Government Association has warned that thousands of miles of roads in Britain could close this winter because they will be unable to cope with freezing conditions. However this is not expected to be the case in Milton Keynes. The council has spent the last eight months repairing over 9500 defects and will have resurfaced over 170,000 m2 of the boroughs roads to ensure that as we enter the winter months Milton Keynes’ is well prepared for the icy weather.
Cllr Mick Legg, Cabinet Member for Highways said, “I would encourage all motorists to take this opportunity to get advice and equipment from the council teams at this event to ensure they are prepared for any type of winter weather.”
The salt barn at Bleak Hall is filled to capacity with over 3,500 tonnes of salt in readiness for the winter and over 415 grit bins across the Borough have been checked and filled with salt for residents to use on the public footpaths and roads.
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