Highways Agency defends gritting

HIGHWAYS Agency bosses today said a lack of moving traffic was the main reason for the failure of gritters to clear trunk roads in the county during Thursday night's snow storms.

HIGHWAYS Agency bosses today said a lack of moving traffic was the main reason for the failure of gritters to clear trunk roads in the county during Thursday night's snow storms.

“Our gritters had difficulty in getting through themselves, and even if they did get grit down on the road it then needs to be worked into the surface by traffic to have a real effect.

"The Highways Agency undertook continuous gritting and ploughing operations on the A12 and A14 throughout the night.

“Operations were made more difficult by congestion and broken down vehicles on both routes. A number of HGVs were stranded or jack-knifed and we have deployed traffic officers and four specialist vehicles to assist the police in clearing remaining incidents.

“Two specialist vehicles are working specifically in the Ipswich area."