As temperatures plummet council issues ‘do not travel’ request to Bedford’s motorists

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Gritter lorry snow

A combination of freezing temperatures and fewer cars on the road has driven Bedford Borough Council to request motorists to remain at home unless absolutely necessary tomorrow (Monday).

Conditions are likely to be extremely challenging on Monday morning as gritting continues across priority routes in Bedford Borough.

Bedford Borough Council has issued this request as crews have been gritting roads in the Borough throughout the day on Sunday, and are set to head out again overnight.

Road surface temperatures are forecast to fall to -6° overnight, and not to rise above freezing until after 10.00am in the morning.

Snow has been falling for most of the day and temperatures are set to plummet overnight (Photo: Paul Hutchinson)

Given the low levels of traffic currently using the roads due to the national lockdown, gritting is likely to be less effective than normal as there are far fewer vehicles around to ‘traffic in’ the salt by crushing and spreading it across the road surface.

Cllr Charles Royden, Environment and Transport Portfolio Holder said: “We have been gritting roads across the borough throughout the day and will be back out gritting them again overnight.

“Despite this, in these unique circumstances, with temperatures set fall to -6° overnight and into the morning, advice to motorists has to be that we expect the roads to be extremely challenging tomorrow morning and that they should delay their journeys until later in the day if at all possible”.

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