Wirral Council has published a map showing what roads are being gritted across the borough following major disruption caused by snow and sleet.
Schools have been closed across Merseyside due to the bad weather and early morning Merseyrail services were cancelled. Bus company Arriva said all of its services across the entire North West were experiencing delays up to and over an hour.
Several services have been diverted including the 410, 414, 432, and 433 due to difficulties getting down Rowson Street in New Brighton though they have now resumed. Raby Hall Road was also closed meaning the 16, 16A and 17 did not go through Raby Mere and was diverted to Spital in both directions.
Wirral Council said its gritters had been out twice overnight and completed all of its scheduled routes. Gritting teams are currently on standby 24/7 ready to be sent out if needed again.
The local authority’s website also includes information about what roads are gritted and why. It said, “There are 737 miles of roads in Wirral and we cannot afford to grit every one of them. So we prioritise 288 miles of well-used major roads and bus routes.
“Our fleet of ten gritters spreads a total of 2,100 tonnes of salt in an average winter. We spread salt along ten pre-planned routes and each round normally takes three to five hours to complete. When we make the decision to grit we aim to have the first gritter on the road within an hour.”
The roads gritted include main roads, those servicing hospitals, police, fire, and ambulance services, public transport routes, main industrial and business centres, and known problem areas such as exposed roads or hills.
To check if your road has been gritted, a map shows which roads are gritted by the council during periods of bad weather
Wirral is also working with Kwik Fit working with companies and their staff to ensure they’re safe getting to and from work during bad weather conditions. The local authority recommended people check the following things on their car.
- Lights – know how to turn all your lights on and off and check them regularly (these include headlights, sidelights, fog lights – front and rear, brake lights, indicators – front and rear plus side repeaters, reverse lights, number plate lights)
- Under the bonnet – carry out checks including on fluids levels (screen wash, oil and coolant)
- Tyres – check tread depth, including spare tyre or canister
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