Press release

Highways Agency ready for winter in Yorkshire and Humber

The winter may have been mild so far but the Highways Agency in Yorkshire and Humber is ready and prepared for when winter bites and this year has a new salt barn at Broughton, near Scunthorpe.

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The Highways Agency is urging every driver to take action to ensure they too are prepared for driving in winter weather.

Highways Agency winter manager, Sujad Hussain, said:

The Highways Agency in Yorkshire and Humber is well-prepared for winter. We have 10 depots across the region, including a new upgraded £550,000 salt barn at Broughton, near Scunthorpe, which can hold up to 2400 tonnes of salt. We have 37 salt spreading vehicles, 45 ploughs and 3 snow blowers.

We use detailed weather forecasts and treat the road network before road temperatures fall below freezing, often at night in preparation for peak traffic periods. But that doesn’t mean people should drive as they normally would, in severe weather drivers need to take care and plan ahead.

We will do all we can to keep the roads open during severe weather but if drivers can carry out a few simple vehicle checks, pack a few important winter items in their vehicles and plan journeys, we can work together to keep the regions roads moving.

The Highways Agency provides real-time traffic information for the motorways and other strategic roads in England using a range of channels, including the web, social media and through national and local radio stations.

Nationally the Highways Agency has a winter fleet of over 500 winter vehicles working around the clock from 100 depots located across England, allowing quick access all parts of the strategic road network.

The Agency encourages drivers to take some simple steps during winter:

  • Check your vehicle – fuel and fluid levels, electrics and tyres – before setting out.
  • Be prepared with an emergency kit in your vehicle, including ice-scraper, de-icer, warm clothes and blankets, torch, boots, first aid kit, jump leads, a spade, a road atlas and sunglasses (for the winter glare).
  • Plan your journeys. Check weather and travel conditions before and during your journey.
  • If the weather is very severe, consider whether your journey is essential or travel at a different time. In winter, the weather can change quickly so always be prepared for bad weather
  • Remember that even when roads have been treated with salt, ice can still form, particularly on bends or under overhanging trees. For more advice on being ready for severe weather, visit the ‘Get ready for Winter’ pages.

For detailed information on local and national weather conditions, visit the Met Office website or listen to local radio broadcast.

General enquiries

Members of the public should contact the Highways Agency Information Line on 0300 123 5000.

Media enquiries

Journalists should contact the Highways Agency press office on 0844 693 1448 and use the menu to speak to the most appropriate press officer.

Published 12 November 2014