Road Salting and Gritting

Transport written question – answered on 11th January 2010.

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Photo of Theresa Villiers Theresa Villiers Shadow Secretary of State for Transport

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what agreements are in place between the Highways Agency and local authorities for the provision of assistance to authorities which require additional salt stocks during extreme weather conditions.

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Minister of State (Department for Transport)

holding answer 7 January 2010

During periods of severe weather, requests for additional salt stocks from another highway authority (commonly known as mutual aid) are considered on an individual basis. Consideration is given to the criticality of salt stock levels of both the requesting and potential providing authority together with the current weather being experienced. Where possible the Highways Agency will provide mutual aid assistance to other authorities, where this will not impact on the agency's treatment of its network.

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