Fears over lack of gritting on busy routes in Lincolnshire
PARENTS and councillors have launched a campaign to have a number of roads – including several school bus routes – added to a council gritting schedule, claiming they are an accident waiting to happen.
None of the routes the group wishes to be added to the list have ever been gritted by the Lincolnshire County Council team, but they fear that unless this is changed, someone will end up getting seriously hurt – or worse.
One of the roads that is currently left untreated is Station Road, Tetney.
Tony Bridges, ward councillor for Tetney and North Coates said: "School bus routes in the 21st century are not being gritted and usually it takes an accident before someone does anything about it.
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"But I don't want this to happen.
"Station Road is also used as a coastal road and it gets really busy in the morning and evening.
"We have asked highways twice now for the road to be put on the gritting route but still nothing has been done.
"They say it is not a high enough priority.
"The road itself gets extremely icy and we get cars slipping and sliding on it every year.
"As soon as there is a big frost the road is affected.
"I have anxious parents contacting me about the safety of their children on the buses.
"The road isn't very wide and for a bus to go down there on icy roads is an accident waiting to happen."
Lincolnshire County Council had more than 40,000 tonnes of salt at the start of winter to be used on the county's roads.
However, a number of busy roads connecting major highways are being left untreated, including Pear Tree Lane and Firebeacon Lane, running between the A16 and the A1031 from Ludborough to Grainthorpe.
Northern Area Committee chairman Terry Aldridge added: "The number of vehicles that use the road is significant and for it not to be gritted is dangerous.
"Lots of heavy lorries use the road constantly and there have been accidents in the past.
"Lorries have toppled over and gone into the ditch not to mention cars coming off the road entirely.
"I have been trying to get the road gritted since 1992 and the issues have been raised numerous times before."
Highways manager Dean Myhill, of Lincolnshire County Council, said: "Like every other authority in the country, we'd love to grit every single road but it's not possible.
"These roads have been assessed and, although on occasion small changes to our gritting route do take place, our priority is to treat the roads that help protect the greatest number of people.
"So, we salt all the A and B roads, plus a road to most villages and to within 500 metres of every school where practical.
"The authority has maintained our budget for this, despite cuts elsewhere, which is good news."
Find out more
For more information on rural gritting routes visit www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/grittingfaqs and www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/grittingroutes. You can also find out when the gritters have been out by following the Gritter Twitter @LincsCC_winter.