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The temperature has noticeably dropped in recent days, and the Council is reminding residents of what they can do to help its 24/7 response team, which keeps the County Borough moving in freezing weather.

The Council has dedicated members of staff who work around the clock when temperatures are forecast to plummet below zero in Rhondda Cynon Taf. The Council has been gritting roads since Wednesday, January 2, and indications are that the low temperatures could continue into next week.

The Council’s Out of Hours response will therefore continue, which includes:

  • 10 gritting vehicles out at any one time across the County Borough.
  • More than 267 miles of priority routes being regularly treated.
  • Between 50 and 70 tonnes of salt being laid by gritting vehicles.

Don’t forget, residents can do their bit to help, too. They can:

  • Make use of the 1,250 salt bins across the County Borough.
  • Lay salt from bins on roads and footpaths, and use their own salt for private driveways and footways.
  • Ensure vehicles are not blocking access, and park sensibly.
  • Slow down while driving, and drive to the conditions.
  • Have patience when coming across gritting vehicles while driving.

Councillor Andrew Morgan, Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and Cabinet Member with responsibility for Highways, said: “The weather forecast for the coming days suggests the recent cold temperatures could continue into next week, and the Council will therefore continue with its 24/7 response to keep the County Borough’s roads as safe as possible.

“From October 1 to April 30, the Council’s winter maintenance programme is in operation, and the Council receives latest road condition forecasts to be best prepared for ice or snow. Over the coming days, there is an indication for temperatures to be below zero, and the roads will be gritted accordingly.

“Residents can help the Council by spreading salt if required – as well as parking sensibly and driving to the conditions, remembering while salt is effective, it doesn’t completely negate the danger of ice.

“I’d like to thank residents for their cooperation, as well as those staff members who are out treating our roads.”

Welsh Water has also published advice for residents to protect taps and pipes during periods of freezing temperatures. Information can be found online here: https://www.dwrcymru.com/coldweather.

Posted on Friday 4th January 2019

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