In 2014, the Department for Transport (DfT) undertook a review of the resilience of the UK transport network to extreme weather events. This followed a period of extreme weather in 2013/14, which saw high winds and heavy rainfall.
A number of recommendations were made as a result, in both the short and longer term. What follows is the key short-term recommendation for the local highway network.
DfT recommendation for local roads
"It is recommended that Local Highway Authorities identify a 'resilient network' to which they will give priority, in order to maintain economic activity and access to key services during extreme weather. Where Authorities have held formal reviews of the winter's events, they should ensure that these are enacted; Authorities which were not affected should nevertheless continue to prepare themselves for future extreme weather."
The development of a resilient network directly supports our Council vision: supporting a local resilient economy.
Priority has been given to the two greatest risks to the highway network: snow/ice and flooding. A tiered approach to the management of the network has been used, with the gritting routes forming the base of the resilient network.