The County Council’s gritting and flooding teams have been working hard to keep Worcestershire safe and to keep people moving.
Over the Christmas holidays the weather has challenged the County with both flood warnings and snow.
The Worcestershire Highways fleet of 32 gritting vehicles and the teams that drive them have covered Worcestershire's 1000 miles of designated roads.
Last winter, the teams clocked up more than 50,000 miles across the county. That's the equivalent of more than twice around the world.
Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Highways – Councillor Alan Amos said:
"I’d personally like to thank our gritting teams. Once again, they have done a fantastic job in keeping the roads open working all hours to ensure that people keep moving during the colder, snowy and icy weather.
“With more bad weather forecast over the next few days, I would like to encourage motorists to drive safely and drive to the conditions, particularly in adverse weather conditions, even when roads have been treated."
Flooding teams have been working hard over the past week to raise flood barriers and keep people safe. They are now hopeful of an improving picture of flooding levels, but remain vigilant. Together with partners including the Environment Agency, teams are prepared to respond to changes in water levels.
Councillor Tony Miller, Worcestershire County Council's Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Environment, said:
“Thank you to our flooding teams and partners who have responded so quickly when the recent flood warnings were issued. The outlook is now looking considerably better than it was a week ago, but I know that our professionals are poised to respond the moment they need to.”
For the latest updates on the roads, gritters and flood warnings follow @WorcsTravel on Twitter. The alert system on the home page of the County Council website is also regularly updated, please go to www.worcestershire.gov.uk.
There's a variety of information about our gritting operations online. This includes a searchable map of our 1,329 grit bins and interactive maps which show designated gritting routes. You can find these at www.worcestershire.gov.uk/gritting
To request a refill of a grit bin during the winter season log on to the County Council's 'Report It' system at www.worcestershire.gov.uk/reportit