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Blackburn with Darwen council ‘ready with the grit’

A CAR overturned on a motorway sliproad in icy conditions despite gritters being out overnight.

A man suffered minor injuries as he drove towards Blackburn’s Whitebirk roundabout at J6 of the M65.

The crash came despite specialist grit lorries treating motorways, slip roads and main roads on Sunday night after the Met Office forecast freezing conditions.

The forecast for this week is for milder weather, with temperatures staying above freezing.

Lancashire County Council said it had 33,000 tonnes of salt – double the 15,000 used last year and 50 per cent up on the 21,000 spread in the harsh winter of 2010/2011.

And Blackburn with Darwen council said its salt barns were full.

A report to councillors said: “More than 3,000 tonnes of grit was purchased at the lower summer rate.

“Sixteen drivers will be on stand-by, with 14 more trained volunteers available for call-out in exceptional conditions.

“All the gritters have been serviced and tested. Each has a dedicated snow plough and GPS tracking equipment.”

Borough roads boss Dave Harling said: “We are prepared if we get a bad spell this winter.

“We are monitoring the weather and if we get any updates, we use all our channels to get information out, including our BwD winter Facebook page which is very popular and updated out of hours.”

Lancashire highways manager Alan Capstick said: “We're better prepared than ever this winter.

“This will help us to keep gritting for longer without resupply if we experience sustained severe weather at any stage.

“This weekend, we treated all gritting routes in East Lancashire on Saturday and Sunday evening, with further treatments in the early hours of Sunday after inspections found that some of the salt had been washed off by rain showers.”

The county council has gritters and salt at depots at Burnley, Whalley and Accrington. It grits a third of county roads when a freeze is predicted – 2,500km out of 7,000km within four hours.

A Highways Agency spokesman said: “We are ready and stocked up at our Whitebirk depot. We are prepared for a cold winter.”

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6:57pm Tue 6 Nov 12

kate11 says...

I would like to know how much is sand and how much is salt in the grit.. In the grit boxes there appears to be hardly any salt in the mix!!!
I would like to know how much is sand and how much is salt in the grit.. In the grit boxes there appears to be hardly any salt in the mix!!! kate11
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10:21pm Tue 6 Nov 12

Info-warrior says...

Prepare for the big freeze...again...yaw
n.. What about preparing for the shortages in food and the surge in prices that is only going to rise and rise dramatically over the next few months..? Whats the point in gritting when your starving in your home deciding between eating and heating. Nobody will have the strength to go out and slip on ice if they have nowt to eat or any power from the energy czars to warm up there rations under the authoritarian rule.

And every year we have the same old c0ck up when it comes to the gritting comedy hour. The gritter will drive down each side of the road and on the same night (usually between 2am and 3am) of it being gritted the road sweeper is there sweeping both sides of the same road.They sweep our road every night of the week even when its been gritted I kid you not and when this story appears again and the gritters have been out I will upload the specticle on youtube. Once the gritter was on one side of the road and the road sweeper on the other side of the road they even PIPPED THEIR HORNS AT EACH OTHER AND WAVED all this commotion between 2am and 3am in the morning.

Looking forward to the yearly panic that occurs every bl00dy year and every b00dy year its the same old story we haven't got enough grit. TRY CLEANING YOUR NOISY ROAD SWEEPER OUT THERES FCUKING LOADS IN THERE...

Anyway goodluck with the food shortages and try to enjoy yourself as much as you possibly can before the biggest genocide in human history begins.
Prepare for the big freeze...again...yaw n.. What about preparing for the shortages in food and the surge in prices that is only going to rise and rise dramatically over the next few months..? Whats the point in gritting when your starving in your home deciding between eating and heating. Nobody will have the strength to go out and slip on ice if they have nowt to eat or any power from the energy czars to warm up there rations under the authoritarian rule. And every year we have the same old c0ck up when it comes to the gritting comedy hour. The gritter will drive down each side of the road and on the same night (usually between 2am and 3am) of it being gritted the road sweeper is there sweeping both sides of the same road.They sweep our road every night of the week even when its been gritted I kid you not and when this story appears again and the gritters have been out I will upload the specticle on youtube. Once the gritter was on one side of the road and the road sweeper on the other side of the road they even PIPPED THEIR HORNS AT EACH OTHER AND WAVED all this commotion between 2am and 3am in the morning. Looking forward to the yearly panic that occurs every bl00dy year and every b00dy year its the same old story we haven't got enough grit. TRY CLEANING YOUR NOISY ROAD SWEEPER OUT THERES FCUKING LOADS IN THERE... Anyway goodluck with the food shortages and try to enjoy yourself as much as you possibly can before the biggest genocide in human history begins. Info-warrior
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10:01pm Wed 7 Nov 12

elmo maniac says...

What speed was he doing for it to over turn?
What speed was he doing for it to over turn? elmo maniac
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12:22am Sat 10 Nov 12

hairy mary says...

i saw that overturned car i never saw any ice,too many people drive far too fast and dont anticipate what could happen i get people cutting me up all the time in my lorrry
i saw that overturned car i never saw any ice,too many people drive far too fast and dont anticipate what could happen i get people cutting me up all the time in my lorrry hairy mary
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