Isle of Wight council issue new announcement on cuts to Island gritting routes

Islanders were outraged when the Isle of Wight council said they would be cutting back on gritting routes to save money. An update has now been issued, details within

Island Roads gritting team

The Isle of Wight Council has responded to feedback on gritting routes and decided not to make any changes this winter.

The authority had planned to reduce by 52km the length of roads in this year’s winter gritting service — however, following careful consideration of public and stakeholder feedback, it will continue to grit the same roads as last year.

It means 355km of roads — representing more than 40 per cent of the Island’s total road network — will once again be treated.

Councillor Ian Ward, Cabinet member for infrastructure and highways, said:

“We have listened and acted on the concerns of our residents to ensure we can maintain the widest range possible of safe connections between all of our major settlements this winter.

“Being clear about which routes provide this connectivity helps us to prioritise safety on the roads this winter and I am grateful for the feedback that has clarified how best we can achieve this for our communities wherever they are.”

1,600 tonnes of salt ready and waiting
Island Roads, which delivers the winter service on behalf of the council, typically runs the service from November until the end of March, however the company began its close monitoring of the network conditions at the start of October to ensure that any abnormally cold spell could be responded to if required.

Delivery has also been taken of around 1,600 tonnes of salt, a comparable amount to previous years, in readiness for the winter season.

Motorists are reminded to always drive according to the conditions. Just because a road has been gritted it doesn’t mean it is safe to drive at normal speeds in poor weather conditions.

News shared by Isle of Wight council. Ed

Friday, 8th November, 2019 11:12am



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3 Comments on "Isle of Wight council issue new announcement on cuts to Island gritting routes"

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This was the only sensible course of action. As one of the complainants I am pleased to see thet the IWC have taken note of some residents concerns. What is still of concern is how anyone at the IWC thought cutting routes was a good idea? This seems to follow on from other IWC stupid decisions which then have to be reversed following public outcry. We obviously… Read more »

Shame he did not listen to the public about the floating bridge as well . It’s presently sailing with smashed/ boarded up windows. This was apparently caused when it hit a projection on the East Cowes side.

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I’m confused – is salt or grit being used? I remember grit used to be used, but the IW then switched to salt, in line with the mainland…?