|Motorists urged to take extra care on the roads this weekend|
|Motorists across Leicestershire are being urged to take extra care when travelling across the county this weekend.
The Met Office has warned that the nights will continue to be cold over the weekend increasing the chances of ice on the roads.
To combat the spate of cold weather, Leicestershire County Council’s gritting teams will be out tonight (15 December), and tomorrow night to treat the roads and will continue to do so as required.
The gritters have been out frequently throughout November and December and have continuously been out, during the night and day, treating key routes and assessing minor roads since Saturday, 9 December.
Councillor Blake Pain, cabinet member for highways, said: “It has been a challenging time for the county due to the recent spate of snow and ice.
“We are keen to minimise disruptions on the road and while not all of the highways network is gritted, we would urge the public to be extra careful on their commutes and keep to the main routes when travelling.
“We are constantly monitoring the weather and if freezing temperatures are forecast, our fleet of gritters will be ready to treat major roads and key routes, which equate to almost half of the county’s road network.”
The council is also encouraging residents to prepare themselves for the cold season by following a few simple steps:
For more information on winter maintenance in Leicestershire, and for advice about winter driving and snow clearance of the paths outside your property, visit www.leicestershire.gov.uk/gritting or follow the council on Twitter @LeicsCountyHall
Sage words, pit Lutterworth was like a skating rink on Friday!