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As the highway authority, Medway Council has to take reasonable
steps to keep roads clear of ice and snow. Visit the main salting roads page to find
a map of the primary salting routes, salt bin locations,
advice on snow clearance and safe winter driving.
The government has issued some guidance on snow clearance which includes
advice on clearing snow from public places, liability and what
to do in an emergency.
The council's equipment for clearing snow
Each of the winter service vehicles has a snow plough, which can
be fitted quickly. This means that salting and ploughing can take
place at the same time. The council also has agreements with
farmers who clear snow on rural roads when required to do so.
Roads that are cleared in Medway
When snow falls across Medway the council uses all the available
resources to deal with it. The council cannot work on all roads at
once though, and the first priority is to keep the main roads open.
If snow continues to fall or there are strong winds, this becomes a
continuous process. Once the primary routes are clear, the council
works on the other roads on a priority or needs basis. Farmers have
designated routes to follow when clearing snow and these are dealt
with on a priority basis. Medway Council cannot promise to clear
every road and inevitably many minor roads may have to be left to
Rush hour snowfall
When snowfall coincides with the rush hour, early salting cannot
take place due to traffic congestion. Roads can still have icy
patches and drivers should remain vigilant and aware of the need to
drive carefully at all times.
How to tell whether roads are icy or not
It is often difficult to tell when ice is forming on roads, and
conditions will probably vary across Medway from hour to hour. If
there is a white frost on grass and cars in the morning, there is
every possibility you may encounter icy patches on the roads. The
council keeps local radio stations and TV networks informed about
road conditions and tells the media when the main routes are
Medway Council will do its best to ensure that the main routes
are safe to use but please take extra care in wintry weather.
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