Gritting crews in action for the first time

Liberty Park Lichfield is one of our exciting projects being developed along with Liberty Property Trust and its partner Stoford Developments.  The new £4m project, is due for completion at the end of the month and will be the first of the Government’s Growth Deal funded schemes in the area.

Work on site has involved the construction of a new railway bridge over the West Coast Mainline, and once complete will include new industrial and warehousing units, again attracting over 1,000 jobs to the county.  Getting the infrastructure in place has been complex but now means the developer can get on with the job of attracting interest from potential occupiers which is great news for the area.

This weekend we all got a real taste of winter with the temperatures dropping to below zero in most parts of the county and with this, we saw our gritting crews in action for the first time.  Our crews worked much of the nights to keep roads clear and moving, treating our A and B roads as necessary.

Our 40 plus gritters work out of five depots located across the county with nine weather stations giving decision makers the information they need.  And, with 20k tonnes of salt stock piled we’re pretty well prepared for what mother nature has planned for us over the next few months.

On routine winter days and nights, crews will focus on the major routes, extending to the wider network in prolonged ice and snow conditions. Even when roads are gritted though, I would always advise people to slow down, drive with extra care and always allow extra time for their journey.  People can find out more about where our teams grit and how they decide at www.staffordshire.gov.uk/winter

Staying with winter for a moment longer, we have also been encouraging as many people as possible to take up the flu vaccination, especially those who are eligible for a free one.  Flu can be a particularly nasty illness, and for children, the elderly and those with existing health needs, it can be even more severe.  This is why we are encouraging all of those eligible for a free flu vaccination to take up the offer and ensure they stay healthy throughout the winter months.  You can find out more about it and other tips for keeping well at www.staffordshirecares.info

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