Following heavy falls of snow in February 1978 the whole winter maintenance services of the Somerset County Council began to work at full capacity. In one night between 3 and 4 feet of snow fell over the whole area, and in some places drifts of over 20 ft had formed. The situation became such that with the exception of the motorway M5 passing north to south through the county, the 4000 miles of network of roads in Somerset were completely blocked. Details are given of the problems that faced the SCC in preparing and implementing plans for precautionary salting, gritting and snow clearance in accordance with established orders of priority. Information is provided on maintenance organisation; salt spreading rate; vehicles and equipment used; problems of communication associated with getting crews to vehicles; liaison with the police, statutory undertakings, the Milk Marketing Board and the National Farmers' Union; and introduction of a local radio station in Taunton by the BBC. The lessons learned through the operation are outlined. /TRRL/

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    Embankment Press Limited

    Building 59, GEC Estate, East Lane
    Wembley, Middlesex HA9 7TQ,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Elliott, H E
  • Publication Date: 1979-2

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  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 5-7
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00302009
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Nos. 1827 & 1828
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 19 1979 12:00AM