Motorists urged to drive carefully after ice grips Cumbria's roads

DRIVERS have been urged to take care travelling today after a sharp frost hit Cumbria overnight.

Motorists were forced to grab their de-icer cans after temperatures dropped as low as -3 Celsius in parts, causing icy stretches on the county’s roads.

Slippery conditions on the A591 caused an accident on Rydal Road, Ambleside, and queueing traffic.

The A595 and A66 were also reported as being hazardous.

A Cumbria Police spokesman said: “Motorists are being advised to take extra care and time with their journeys as colder weather overnight has resulted in icy conditions on the roads.

“Patches of ice are on the roads and people are advised to take their time, keep a safe breaking distance from the car in front and reduce their speed.”

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11:47am Thu 29 Nov 12

Holme123 says...

Perhaps if roads were gritted this might not happen
Perhaps if roads were gritted this might not happen Holme123
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12:47pm Thu 29 Nov 12

Lakeuk says...

The old if roads were gritted this wouldn't happen debate. Drivers have to be realistic and use their common sense - blanket gritting is not an affordable solution solution
The old if roads were gritted this wouldn't happen debate. Drivers have to be realistic and use their common sense - blanket gritting is not an affordable solution solution Lakeuk
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7:18pm Thu 29 Nov 12

onelocal says...

Lakeuk wrote:
The old if roads were gritted this wouldn't happen debate. Drivers have to be realistic and use their common sense - blanket gritting is not an affordable solution solution
Is that your opinion, or your decision? Either way, the next car that skids on ice might run into you.
[quote][p][bold]Lakeuk[/bold] wrote: The old if roads were gritted this wouldn't happen debate. Drivers have to be realistic and use their common sense - blanket gritting is not an affordable solution solution[/p][/quote]Is that your opinion, or your decision? Either way, the next car that skids on ice might run into you. onelocal
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1:26pm Fri 30 Nov 12

Lakeuk says...

onelocal- That's a risk everyone has to take, it's known what roads the council will grit and how often. Drivers need to plan there journeys and heed the advice from council / police.
onelocal- That's a risk everyone has to take, it's known what roads the council will grit and how often. Drivers need to plan there journeys and heed the advice from council / police. Lakeuk
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5:32pm Tue 4 Dec 12

zaney5 says...

So nice to see our local council workers standing about town on Saturday, handing out leaflets all the while a gritter sitting there un-used. Our road was like an ice rink all weekend.
So nice to see our local council workers standing about town on Saturday, handing out leaflets all the while a gritter sitting there un-used. Our road was like an ice rink all weekend. zaney5
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6:03pm Tue 4 Dec 12

life cycle too says...

How much do those of you criticising the council for not gritting EVERYWHERE, spend on gritting your paths from front door to the road?
How much do those of you criticising the council for not gritting EVERYWHERE, spend on gritting your paths from front door to the road? life cycle too
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9:20pm Tue 4 Dec 12

zaney5 says...

Actually, life cycle too, I ended up not only gritting our own path and drive, but I used the 5 bags of salt that I bought to do to the end of our road. Yes, BOUGHT. Because not only did the council NOT grit our road but there are no grit bins in the area for us to use.
Actually, life cycle too, I ended up not only gritting our own path and drive, but I used the 5 bags of salt that I bought to do to the end of our road. Yes, BOUGHT. Because not only did the council NOT grit our road but there are no grit bins in the area for us to use. zaney5
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10:10am Wed 5 Dec 12

life cycle too says...

You don't say how much you spent, but I too bought 5 sacks of grit/salt, which two years ago amounted to some £75.

After putting some down outside my home, the weather turned to rain and washed it away after less than 24 hours.

If the council are going to be expected to grit every road, every time it snows or freezes, the cost to tax payers will climb, and the salt will become an environmental issue as it is washed into the drains, or contaminates the verges.
A set of snow socks for the car, and gripper for shoes is a far better investment.
You don't say how much you spent, but I too bought 5 sacks of grit/salt, which two years ago amounted to some £75. After putting some down outside my home, the weather turned to rain and washed it away after less than 24 hours. If the council are going to be expected to grit every road, every time it snows or freezes, the cost to tax payers will climb, and the salt will become an environmental issue as it is washed into the drains, or contaminates the verges. A set of snow socks for the car, and gripper for shoes is a far better investment. life cycle too
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10:40am Wed 5 Dec 12

zaney5 says...

How much I spent is irrelevant.

And I do realise that there will always be roads that won't be gritted.

My objection was to the fact the council thought there time was better spent standing about handing out leaflets rather than getting out there and doing something.
How much I spent is irrelevant. And I do realise that there will always be roads that won't be gritted. My objection was to the fact the council thought there time was better spent standing about handing out leaflets rather than getting out there and doing something. zaney5
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6:00pm Wed 5 Dec 12

life cycle too says...

Hmm - you could always become a "Snow Champion"

http://www.cumbria.g
ov.uk/roads-transpor
t/highways-pavements
/highway-maintenance
/wintermaintenance/s
nowchampions.asp
Hmm - you could always become a "Snow Champion" http://www.cumbria.g ov.uk/roads-transpor t/highways-pavements /highway-maintenance /wintermaintenance/s nowchampions.asp life cycle too
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7:10pm Wed 5 Dec 12

zaney5 says...

That I could. Although one could argue why the general public should do such a job when the council get paid to do it.
That I could. Although one could argue why the general public should do such a job when the council get paid to do it. zaney5
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