Lancashire County Council has released a Winter Bulletin, providing information on gritting activity over the previous few days and a weather forecast. Click the link below for a downloadabale version.
Lancashire's highway teams are urging people to park carefully to make sure the gritters can do their job during the coming cold snap. They are warning that parts of some gritting routes often go untreated because drivers don't leave enough room for vehicles to get past.
Parked cars are most often a problem for the gritters on residential streets in towns and villages, with drivers saying they can't treat some hotspots around 90% of the time.
Parking on corners is a particular problem as it means the gritters don't have room to turn.
The gritters typically used in urban areas are around 3 metres wide and 8m long, however if a plough is fitted to clear snow, the gritter becomes 3.2 metres wide and 9.5m long.
On top of the 1,800 miles of priority roads which are gritted whenever a freeze is forecast, the county council has also identified the second most important roads which are treated during periods of continuous ice and snow, but only during daylight hours and after the higher priority roads have been cleared. These routes include many residential roads where poorly parked cars could block access for the gritters.