Residents urged to "travel with caution" as winter sets in

WITH heavy snowfall expected to hit Essex this afternoon, Essex County Council is urging residents to travel with caution.

A fleet of 60 gritting lorries will be treating roads across the county from midday today, Monday, and further runs will take place as needed.

Gritters were out from 4pm yesterday, Sunday, and again from 3am this morning treating roads ahead of Monday's rush hour.

County councillor Derrick Louis, cabinet member for highways and transportation, said: "I am urging all residents to travel carefully today with the heavy snowfall we are currently expecting.

"Our gritters will be out across the county but please still take extra caution, particularly on pavements and side roads."

The gritting lorries can be tracked live by visiting www.essex.gov.uk/highways.

Residents can also receive the latest gritting updates by following @Essex_Travel on Twitter.

Essex Highways is required to focus resources on keeping major roads clear, so it operates a specified salting network. This includes all A and B roads, access routes for emergency services, rural link roads and major public transport routes.

To check which routes will be treated and for more information about winter safety tips, visit www.essex.gov.uk/highways

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11:47am Mon 14 Jan 13

EssexBoy1968 says...

Thanks for the information. However, looking at the map, the Southend area appears not to have any routes that will be gritted, I assume this is due to it being an unitary aithority. Is there any chance you can publish details odf what SBC plan to do to keep the borouigh's road clear?
Thanks for the information. However, looking at the map, the Southend area appears not to have any routes that will be gritted, I assume this is due to it being an unitary aithority. Is there any chance you can publish details odf what SBC plan to do to keep the borouigh's road clear? EssexBoy1968
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11:49am Mon 14 Jan 13

Eric Whim says...

EssexBoy1968 wrote:
Thanks for the information. However, looking at the map, the Southend area appears not to have any routes that will be gritted, I assume this is due to it being an unitary aithority. Is there any chance you can publish details odf what SBC plan to do to keep the borouigh's road clear?
all the hot air coming from the SBC offices will be used to keep the roads snow free
[quote][p][bold]EssexBoy1968[/bold] wrote: Thanks for the information. However, looking at the map, the Southend area appears not to have any routes that will be gritted, I assume this is due to it being an unitary aithority. Is there any chance you can publish details odf what SBC plan to do to keep the borouigh's road clear?[/p][/quote]all the hot air coming from the SBC offices will be used to keep the roads snow free Eric Whim
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11:49am Mon 14 Jan 13

EssexBoy1968 says...

EssexBoy1968 wrote:
Thanks for the information. However, looking at the map, the Southend area appears not to have any routes that will be gritted, I assume this is due to it being an unitary aithority. Is there any chance you can publish details odf what SBC plan to do to keep the borouigh's road clear?
Obviously my typing skills are poor, My last sentence should read:-
Is there any chance you can publish details of what SBC plan to do to keep the borough's roads clear?
[quote][p][bold]EssexBoy1968[/bold] wrote: Thanks for the information. However, looking at the map, the Southend area appears not to have any routes that will be gritted, I assume this is due to it being an unitary aithority. Is there any chance you can publish details odf what SBC plan to do to keep the borouigh's road clear?[/p][/quote]Obviously my typing skills are poor, My last sentence should read:- Is there any chance you can publish details of what SBC plan to do to keep the borough's roads clear? EssexBoy1968
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11:50am Mon 14 Jan 13

EssexBoy1968 says...

Eric Whim wrote:
EssexBoy1968 wrote: Thanks for the information. However, looking at the map, the Southend area appears not to have any routes that will be gritted, I assume this is due to it being an unitary aithority. Is there any chance you can publish details odf what SBC plan to do to keep the borouigh's road clear?
all the hot air coming from the SBC offices will be used to keep the roads snow free
Certainly didn't work the last few times we have had snow. I drove to London, & the only difficulty I had was in Southend!
[quote][p][bold]Eric Whim[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]EssexBoy1968[/bold] wrote: Thanks for the information. However, looking at the map, the Southend area appears not to have any routes that will be gritted, I assume this is due to it being an unitary aithority. Is there any chance you can publish details odf what SBC plan to do to keep the borouigh's road clear?[/p][/quote]all the hot air coming from the SBC offices will be used to keep the roads snow free[/p][/quote]Certainly didn't work the last few times we have had snow. I drove to London, & the only difficulty I had was in Southend! EssexBoy1968
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12:18pm Mon 14 Jan 13

I-say-you-say says...

The world is going to end!!!!! Oh, no, it's just a bit of snow!

Why is it every time there is a little bit of "weather" other than dry, the country comes to a stop, warnings are issued etc. It's like we've never had snow before!
The world is going to end!!!!! Oh, no, it's just a bit of snow! Why is it every time there is a little bit of "weather" other than dry, the country comes to a stop, warnings are issued etc. It's like we've never had snow before! I-say-you-say
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12:30pm Mon 14 Jan 13

Eric Whim says...

I-say-you-say wrote:
The world is going to end!!!!! Oh, no, it's just a bit of snow!

Why is it every time there is a little bit of "weather" other than dry, the country comes to a stop, warnings are issued etc. It's like we've never had snow before!
it's started snowing! Don't panic! Don't panic!
[quote][p][bold]I-say-you-say[/bold] wrote: The world is going to end!!!!! Oh, no, it's just a bit of snow! Why is it every time there is a little bit of "weather" other than dry, the country comes to a stop, warnings are issued etc. It's like we've never had snow before![/p][/quote]it's started snowing! Don't panic! Don't panic! Eric Whim
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1:11pm Mon 14 Jan 13

Nebs says...

EssexBoy1968 wrote:
EssexBoy1968 wrote:
Thanks for the information. However, looking at the map, the Southend area appears not to have any routes that will be gritted, I assume this is due to it being an unitary aithority. Is there any chance you can publish details odf what SBC plan to do to keep the borouigh's road clear?
Obviously my typing skills are poor, My last sentence should read:-
Is there any chance you can publish details of what SBC plan to do to keep the borough's roads clear?
It has been on the council website since the summer.
http://www.southend.
gov.uk/info/561/road
s-gritting
[quote][p][bold]EssexBoy1968[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]EssexBoy1968[/bold] wrote: Thanks for the information. However, looking at the map, the Southend area appears not to have any routes that will be gritted, I assume this is due to it being an unitary aithority. Is there any chance you can publish details odf what SBC plan to do to keep the borouigh's road clear?[/p][/quote]Obviously my typing skills are poor, My last sentence should read:- Is there any chance you can publish details of what SBC plan to do to keep the borough's roads clear?[/p][/quote]It has been on the council website since the summer. http://www.southend. gov.uk/info/561/road s-gritting Nebs
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1:36pm Mon 14 Jan 13

I-say-you-say says...

Eric Whim wrote:
I-say-you-say wrote: The world is going to end!!!!! Oh, no, it's just a bit of snow! Why is it every time there is a little bit of "weather" other than dry, the country comes to a stop, warnings are issued etc. It's like we've never had snow before!
it's started snowing! Don't panic! Don't panic!
Arrrrgghhhh!!! Run for the hills! Oh you can't because they have all of half a mm of snow on them!

The only good thing is that my boss panics and sends me home early! Haha!
[quote][p][bold]Eric Whim[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]I-say-you-say[/bold] wrote: The world is going to end!!!!! Oh, no, it's just a bit of snow! Why is it every time there is a little bit of "weather" other than dry, the country comes to a stop, warnings are issued etc. It's like we've never had snow before![/p][/quote]it's started snowing! Don't panic! Don't panic![/p][/quote]Arrrrgghhhh!!! Run for the hills! Oh you can't because they have all of half a mm of snow on them! The only good thing is that my boss panics and sends me home early! Haha! I-say-you-say
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1:43pm Mon 14 Jan 13

EssexBoy1968 says...

Nebs wrote:
EssexBoy1968 wrote:
EssexBoy1968 wrote: Thanks for the information. However, looking at the map, the Southend area appears not to have any routes that will be gritted, I assume this is due to it being an unitary aithority. Is there any chance you can publish details odf what SBC plan to do to keep the borouigh's road clear?
Obviously my typing skills are poor, My last sentence should read:- Is there any chance you can publish details of what SBC plan to do to keep the borough's roads clear?
It has been on the council website since the summer. http://www.southend. gov.uk/info/561/road s-gritting
Thank you, I am aware of that, but maybe the Echo would like to publish the details. Also, as I am sure you are aware, the roads in Southend, for which SBC are responsible for, were not cleared the last few times there was snow - in marked contrast to those under the responsibility of ECC. For example, the A13 was uncleared with the Southend Borough area, whilst elsewhere, all the way to London it had been.
Therefore, it would be helpful if SBC were to publicise what they were doing via local news media.
[quote][p][bold]Nebs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]EssexBoy1968[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]EssexBoy1968[/bold] wrote: Thanks for the information. However, looking at the map, the Southend area appears not to have any routes that will be gritted, I assume this is due to it being an unitary aithority. Is there any chance you can publish details odf what SBC plan to do to keep the borouigh's road clear?[/p][/quote]Obviously my typing skills are poor, My last sentence should read:- Is there any chance you can publish details of what SBC plan to do to keep the borough's roads clear?[/p][/quote]It has been on the council website since the summer. http://www.southend. gov.uk/info/561/road s-gritting[/p][/quote]Thank you, I am aware of that, but maybe the Echo would like to publish the details. Also, as I am sure you are aware, the roads in Southend, for which SBC are responsible for, were not cleared the last few times there was snow - in marked contrast to those under the responsibility of ECC. For example, the A13 was uncleared with the Southend Borough area, whilst elsewhere, all the way to London it had been. Therefore, it would be helpful if SBC were to publicise what they were doing via local news media. EssexBoy1968
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1:53pm Mon 14 Jan 13

EssexBoy1968 says...

I-say-you-say wrote:
Eric Whim wrote:
I-say-you-say wrote: The world is going to end!!!!! Oh, no, it's just a bit of snow! Why is it every time there is a little bit of "weather" other than dry, the country comes to a stop, warnings are issued etc. It's like we've never had snow before!
it's started snowing! Don't panic! Don't panic!
Arrrrgghhhh!!! Run for the hills! Oh you can't because they have all of half a mm of snow on them! The only good thing is that my boss panics and sends me home early! Haha!
No, the world will not end, but SBC are supposed to keep the trunk routes within the borough clear, something they continually fail to do.
[quote][p][bold]I-say-you-say[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Eric Whim[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]I-say-you-say[/bold] wrote: The world is going to end!!!!! Oh, no, it's just a bit of snow! Why is it every time there is a little bit of "weather" other than dry, the country comes to a stop, warnings are issued etc. It's like we've never had snow before![/p][/quote]it's started snowing! Don't panic! Don't panic![/p][/quote]Arrrrgghhhh!!! Run for the hills! Oh you can't because they have all of half a mm of snow on them! The only good thing is that my boss panics and sends me home early! Haha![/p][/quote]No, the world will not end, but SBC are supposed to keep the trunk routes within the borough clear, something they continually fail to do. EssexBoy1968
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5:34pm Mon 14 Jan 13

Eric Whim says...

gritting lorries were out early afternoon but I would imagine the rain that fell subsequently has washed most of that away - sweepstake open on how many schools closed tomorrow....
gritting lorries were out early afternoon but I would imagine the rain that fell subsequently has washed most of that away - sweepstake open on how many schools closed tomorrow.... Eric Whim
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6:55pm Mon 14 Jan 13

Trainman says...

We have snow EVERY year, but the country never learns.

I was taught to drive and according to the conditions, yet many tend to drive like the idiots they are, too fast, and TOO close.
We have snow EVERY year, but the country never learns. I was taught to drive and according to the conditions, yet many tend to drive like the idiots they are, too fast, and TOO close. Trainman
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9:45am Tue 15 Jan 13

Carnabackable says...

You lot need to learn to use an ex-army land rover, in the snow gives you the edge, anyone too close tends to bounce off, transferable to real four wheel drive, low traction and high torque,
Living on a hill in Rayleigh, it's always amusing to see and hear the pantomime outside, as Clio's, K.A's Fiesta's attempt the impossible......
You lot need to learn to use an ex-army land rover, in the snow gives you the edge, anyone too close tends to bounce off, transferable to real four wheel drive, low traction and high torque, Living on a hill in Rayleigh, it's always amusing to see and hear the pantomime outside, as Clio's, K.A's Fiesta's attempt the impossible...... Carnabackable
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