Council staff praised for efforts to keep Nottingham moving

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Crews from Nottingham City Council have been praised for working through the night to keep roads open.

The City was hit with snow showers overnight on Wednesday far heavier and more widespread than forecast. Highways officers worked throughout the night to treat major roads across Nottingham ahead of Thursday morning’s rush hour.

Part of their work included helping both the police and NCT buses, while this morning crews will be making sure neighbourhood grit bins are kept full, targeting icy pavements and shop fronts.

Gritters will remain out for the rest of the day supporting the Council’s essential services and officers will try their best to also deal with additional requests that come in, but main routes will be prioritised.

Councillor Sally Longford, Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhood Services and Local Transport, said: “I would like to pay tribute to the efforts of our highways staff who have been working tirelessly throughout the night to keep Nottingham moving.

“In the face of much heavier snow than was forecast, biting winds and temperatures well below freezing, our crews were out across Nottingham making sure that all the primary routes in and out of the City were clear this morning. Their efforts are, as always, much appreciated.”

More information on winter preparations being made by the Council, including general information for the public and live school closures, can be found at www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/winter

Councillor Longford added: “While we have done everything we can to keep the primary routes open today, we will not be able to get around everywhere unfortunately and secondary roads will be treacherous. We would urge the public to only make journeys if they are absolutely necessary – please allow extra time and drive carefully.”

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