Drivers urged to take care in Cornwall as icy conditions continue

Friday 1st February 2019 22:29 GMT

With icy conditions set to continue in Cornwall this weekend as temperatures fall tonight, people are being warned to be careful on icy roads.

Drivers are being warned that icy conditions overnight may make the roads treacherous in parts, especially where there is still snow on the ground.

Cornwall Council’s portfolio holder for transport Geoff Brown urged drivers to take precautions when roads are icy or slushy. 

He said: “We are doing everything we can to keep key roads clear, however the icy conditions will continue overnight.

“Driving in snow, ice and wintry conditions requires extra care and preparation, and you should only drive when absolutely necessary. It can take ten times longer to stop in icy conditions than on a dry road so please consider whether you really need to travel and take care if you do have to go out.  

“We’ll have gritters out again tonight covering key routes. They take great care applying salt to the road to ensure that correct spread and widths are maintained. Salting vehicles are extremely powerful and travel at up to 40mph spreading salt across all lanes of motorways and trunk roads. Please remain a safe distance behind them and don’t attempt to overtake unless it’s safe.”

The council’s gritters - operated by Cormac – went out today at midday, with further gritting to take place on key routes tonight. Gritters fitted with snow ploughs went out four times in the worst affected parts of east Cornwall last night.

Hand-salting gangs have also been sent out to ensure clear routes hospitals and emergency services buildings.   

Councillor Brown praised local communities for their tremendous response in reaching out to help each other.

“From checking on your neighbour to opening your home to others for the night, there were hundreds of snow heroes across Cornwall to whom I would like to say thanks. You embody the true spirit of Cornwall.

“I’m also very proud of the council staff, our fire and rescue service and CORMAC who worked around the clock to help people in need and get the roads cleared. It was a challenging 24 hours and we’ll keep monitoring the situation to everyone stays safe.”

In particular he praised Cormac gritter driver Lee Keast in Bodmin, who was stopped by an ambulance crew struggling to get to their blue-light destination. Lee escorted the crew right to the front door of the caller’s address in Bodmin.

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