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Caption: Cllr Denise Jeffery (centre) and Highways Network Manager for Wakefield Council, Graham West (far left) show their true grit with staff from the Tadman Street grit depot.
Council appeal for snow wardens

Caption: Cllr Denise Jeffery (centre) and Highways Network Manager for Wakefield Council, Graham West (far left) show their true grit with staff from the Tadman Street grit depot. Council appeal for snow wardens

Gritting teams are ready for any snowfall or wintry weather which hits the district - says the man in charge of keeping our roads open.

So far there has been no significant snowfall to cause major travel disruption in the district this winter.

But Graham West, Wakefield Council’s highway network manager, says there is more than 6,000 tonnes of grit in stock - enough to keep the council’s priority routes clear for more than 19 days of snowfall.

Mr West said: “As far as being ready is concerned, we have not changed anything from previous years, so we are ready.

“It’s been a very mild winter but that doesn’t mean we haven’t been doing anything.

“We have gritted the priority routes 16 times so far this winter.”

The council also has around 500 snow wardens signed up across the district.

The volunteers help to clear minor routes and footpaths, while gritters focus on 560km of priority routes.

Mr West said: “We would always welcome more snow wardens. They know their areas better than anyone.

“They know where vulnerable people are, who need access, and help to clear minor roads. They play a big part in what we do.”

Volunteer snow wardens will be given a snow shovel, fluorescent ‘snow warden’ jacket and a bag of salt.

To volunteer to be a snow warden call 0845 8 506 506.

For more information visit www.wakefield.gov.uk

 

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