MORE roads will be gritted by Calderdale Council – once they get supplies.
The council has added a number of new routes to its current winter gritting service.
But highways teams are still running a reduced service after a national shortage of salt and a prolonged period of extreme winter weather conditions left supplies very low.
The majority of salt ordered by the council before Christmas has still to be delivered.
However councillors have decided to grit more of the network, covering many of the problem areas that came to light during the last bad spell of weather.
As well as covering all main roads, precautionary salting routes will now also include roads to all high schools and Calderdale College so they can remain open for any exams, more routes to residential areas which were left isolated before and more bus routes.
Clr Amanda Byrne said: “We have also included those roads which will see an increase in traffic while restrictions are in place on the A629 Ovenden Road as part of the Shears Viaduct parapet replacement scheme.
“One precautionary salting run will now use 60 tonnes of salt and will mean 10 gritters are in use as opposed to eight. The reduced service we have been running up until now used 50 tonnes and a normal precautionary salting run uses 125 tonnes.
“People’s safety has to be paramount, but unfortunately the council has been restricted by a national shortage of salt. We are doing all we can to keep the roads clear for members of public.”