‘True Grit’ needed says commuter

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The recent freezing conditions have heightened public concern in Angus over winter road preparation across commuter routes in the county.

Arbroath man Ralph Coutts believes that lack of treatment of key routes is leading to an increase in accidents.

He said: “I live in St Vigeans and travel to Brechin every morning. Almost every morning there’s part of the road surrounded by blue lights.

“There is something seriously wrong with the gritting and I think it needs a top-to-toe review.”

Mr Coutts also posted a message on community Facebook page, last Tuesday stating: “Two accidents tonight, police said the roads were a disgrace...it’s people’s lives they’re dealing with.”

A council spokesperson said: “We maintain over 1,100 miles of roads and pavements. In a typical winter we spend over £2.3 million dealing with winter weather conditions to keep traffic moving safely. To ensure that our salt stocks are used effectively, we prioritise our roads network into three categories.

“The treatment of pavements and footpaths is categorised in a similar way, with priority given to those in towns and larger villages.”

In response to suggestions that roads are not dealt with in a timely manner, a council spokesperson said: “During severe winter weather we endeavour to keep roads and footpaths free from snow and ice with all category one roads maintained from 5 a.m. until 11 p.m., seven days per week and inclusive of holidays.

“However there is not continuous and complete cover during these times as a limited number of vehicles cannot be everywhere at the same time and vehicles have to refill with salt and fuel.

“Salt takes some time to act and is helped by traffic on the road, but at very low temperature it is less effective.

“We would urge drivers and pedestrians to please take this into account when travelling and always drive in accordance with the conditions.”