Highway Grass Cutting
The highway grass cutting for Worcestershire Highways is divided
into eight zones for rural cuts which are directly maintained by
Worcestershire County Council, which consist of approx 2500
kilometres, receiving three cuts per year specifically for safety
The six District Councils also carry out the urban grass cutting
within their own areas, Worcestershire County Council recommends a
minimum of five service cuts in urban areas, the districts may
often exceed this number for amenity and landscaping purposes.
Within the highway verges there are 51 protected Roadside
Verge Nature Reserves (RVNR) located around the County, which have
been jointly maintained by the County Council's Highway Maintenance
teams and the Worcestershire Wildlife Trust since 1995. These sites
have been set up to protect the biodiversity (wild flowers and
animals) that live and grow within the highway verges. They are
easily identified by red and white posts positioned at each end of
the reserves, these posts also give the mowing gangs as indication
that these areas are not to be cut.
Throughout the county there are also a considerable number of
dual carriageways that need both verge and central reservation
maintenance. Traffic management is required for lane closures to
carry out this work safely. To make for efficient and cost
effective delivery, these works are programmed and coordinated with
the District Councils and other relevant agencies so that other
maintenance works can be carried out at the same time. These may
include tree works, weed spraying, litter picking, gully cleaning
and road sweeping.
Grass cutting of dual carriageways will commence at the same
time, with a view to complete within four weeks (subject to weather
conditions). Regular joint 'Streetscene' meetings are held with
District Councils to discuss activity and to coordinate works. When
we start our grass cutting on dual carriageways, the District
Councils will also complete litter picks using the same traffic
management timeslot, thus maximising 'value for money' as much as
Visibility splays particularly at key road junctions, continue
to be monitored and further cutting/strimming has taken place where
necessary and with further action taken as and when required.
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This page was last reviewed 27 November 2012 at 10:22.
The page is next due for review 26 May 2014.