Liverpool drivers ‘beset by icy conditions’

Motorists in Liverpool have seen road conditions becoming increasingly difficult in recent days.

The Highways Agency states that it has been forced to deploy 300 tonnes of salt on Merseyside roads since December 22nd 2009, with 41 gritters having been working since 02:00 GMT, reports the Liverpool Echo.

These measures have been made necessary by extreme weather conditions which have included low and icy temperatures, snowfall and even the occurrence of a rare thundersnow storm in areas like Ormskirk.

However, the government body expressed confidence that the efforts of council workers have been able to lessen the impact of the icy conditions.

A spokesman said: “It’s been a bit frantic but the region’s motorways have coped well with the weather and our gritting crews have been working non-stop.”

The bad weather prompted the Institute of Advance Motorists to issue advice to drivers last week, such as increasing stopping distances and travelling more slowly when on icy roads.

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