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National Highways says it’s “committed to treating every road” after first major gritting run

As temperatures dipped across the country last weekend, gritters were sent out on motorways and major A-roads for the first significant operation of this autumn.

According to National Highways, “leading-edge technology, in-depth forecasting and working with partners such as the Met Office and MetDesk” means it knows “precisely where and when to treat roads with salt”.  

National Highways, which operates England’s 4,500-mile strategic road network, is urging drivers to take care during the poor weather while also giving gritting teams space to operate.  

“We manage a huge roads network nationwide – with over 4,500 miles of motorways and A-roads,” said Darren Clark, Severe Weather Resilience Manager at National Highways. 

“Not all roads will need treating on any given day. Gritters may need to go out in some regions if road temperatures fall below +1 degree centigrade, and if there is a risk of ice forming, but not in other areas if conditions are not as cold.  

“National Highways is committed to treating every road which needs to be treated – whenever it is needed,” he continued.  

“We are armed with the latest technology, forecasting intelligence and years of experience to help us make informed decisions about where and when we need to spread salt to help keep road users safe in even the most adverse weather conditions.”  

Motorists are also reminded to keep TRIP in mind this autumn and winter season – Top-up oil, water and screenwash; Rest every two hours; Inspect tyres; and Prepare for weather conditions.  

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Published On: 16/11/2023 16:00:00


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A new study into the export opportunities for the intelligent transport systems (ITS) sector has revealed an industry optimistic about future growth. 

The ITS Exports Study, delivered by Intelligent Transport Systems UK (ITS UK) and supported by the Transport Technology Forum, gathered views from over 100 ITS businesses in the UK revealing that: 

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