DEPARTMENT OF THE ENVIRONMENT: IMPROVING WINTER DRIVING CONDITIONS

The main aim of Roads Service (RS), as an Executive Agency within the Department of the Environment (DOE) for Northern Ireland (NI), is to provide a safe and effective road network. It has sole responsibility for coordinating the winter service programme for the 24,558km of public roads in NI, and aims to minimise delays and accidents caused by wintry weather conditions. Winter service involves treating the roads with rock salt, to prevent ice from forming on roads ('precautionary salting;), and melt ice and light snow ('post salting'). This report presents the results of an examination by the Northern Ireland Audit Office (NIAO), focused on: (1) developing the overall strategy of the Roads Service to achieve the aims of its winter services programme; (2) the adequacy of systems in place to help divisional engineers to apply salt criteria equitably to specific weather conditions across NI; and (3) how far value for money is being achieved in managing resources. The NIAO welcomes RS's introduction already of several winter service improvement measures. It recommends RS to build on these improvements by revising its guidance to staff on how to use thermal maps in making salting decisions, and conducting its planned sample reviews of salting decisions on an ongoing basis throughout the winter.

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    STATIONERY OFFICE

    PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, PO BOX 276
    LONDON,   United Kingdom  SW8 5DT
  • Publication Date: 1999

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: 33 p.
  • Serial:
    • HC 933
    • Publisher: STATIONERY OFFICE

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00788492
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • ISBN: 0-102-91999-2
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Mar 3 2000 12:00AM