Birmingham road gritting steps up due to icy weather

Birmingham City Council is increasing the comprehensiveness of its road gritting throughout the city in response to the continuing wintery weather.

The authority states that Birmingham’s entire road network has already been gritted three times over the course of the past weekend due to the recent snowfall and sub-zero temperatures.

It has also been using a higher concentration of salt than normal, reports BBC News, with 20 g of the substance being used per square meter, in contrast to the regular ten.

A spokesman for the council said that “as a consequence, the city’s main routes have been running smoothly”.

However, further gritting work is likely to be necessary over the coming week, during which temperatures are set to fall as low as minus six degrees C.

The ongoing cold snap recently prompted the Institute of Advanced Motorists to warn drivers to take precautions, such as using higher gears and increasing braking distances.

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