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Thread: Ice on roads ,but no grit.

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    Default Ice on roads ,but no grit.

    The first hard frost on the roads here in the north east and there is not a road with grit on it, what the hell do we pay road tax for. the county councils most know by now that people drive 7 days a week .

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    no money
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    Snow tyres !

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    I really can't for the life of me understand how the councils can get away with not gritting road in ice weather.

    Up my way as well as having grit bins at strategic locations for the public to use on the roads there is a plan in place which sees 34% of the county's roads gritted as a matter of course.

    For treatment of overnight frost a selected network of main and strategic routes are routinely gritted. This network is about 34% of the total road length in the county. It is such that in the rural areas residents in small villages (defined as having a population greater than 100) should not have more than five miles to travel before reaching a treated road. In urban areas (defined as settlements with a population greater than 1000) the distance to travel to reach a treated road should not be more than one mile. In addition principal bus routes and distributor roads with steep downhill approaches to the junction with main roads are treated.

    In conditions of widespread icing when freezing is expected to continue through the day and in light snow falls, in addition to roads routinely gritted identified second priority roads will be gritted. These include accesses to communities where there are no alternative gritted roads, important bus routes and urban distributor roads.
    When do you grit?

    We base our decisions on when to grit on:

    • Daily specialised winter forecasts from the Met Office
    • Information from the road condition sensor sites in and adjacent to Northumberland
    • Local knowledge and experience
    • Gritting the routinely treated network normally takes about 3 hours and the aim on weekday mornings is to complete this by 8.00am.
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    They're probably saving it for a rainy day...

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    The Councils need to be held liable for dangerous roads , that includes obscured signage as well .They might be less inclined to waste resources on beautification projects , if they were.

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    No money for grit. All used on big pensions for TDs

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    Quote Originally Posted by commonman View Post
    The first hard frost on the roads here in the north east and there is not a road with grit on it, what the hell do we pay road tax for. the county councils most know by now that people drive 7 days a week .
    Ah g'wan, name and shame which local authority? Louth, Meath, Monaghan, Cavan? I'd be inclined to blame the Quinn's myself!

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    nothing on roads in roscommon/longford area's

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    I certainly don't expect councils to go out gritting for every touch of local frost. I think I'd need a sense of entitlement to expect that.
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