MK Council promises to be ready for winter weather

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More than 3,000 tonnes of salt has been stored to help combat the cold weather and icy conditions on the city’s grid roads this winter.

Milton Keynes Council has already set priority routes across the city, which include all main grid roads, estate spine roads and some rural routes.

Priority routes account for 56 per cent of the total road network and also include bus routes, access roads to Milton Keynes Hospital and many of the most frequently used city redways.

Each salting operation will use about 65 tonnes of salt and the council may send teams out 50 times during the cold snap.

The council has already made a head start in preparing for winter this year after carrying out a massive road and pavement repair programme which saw around 3,100 repairs and the resurfacing of 77,000 square metres of road as part of a £50 million project.

It also helped to repair a number of potholes.

Councillor John Bint, the cabinet member for transport and highways, said: “Thanks to this eight-month programme, MK’s roads and pavements are prepared for the coming winter.

“Our winter gritting and other safety crews are in the best possible position as we aim to keep the city moving despite what the weather may throw at us.”