With a general election looming, people may have concerns about accessing polling stations in order to vote if the weather turns wintery and the roads become icy.
So what is planned?
The returning officers, who are responsible for the smooth running of the general election locally, will be working in partnership with Transport for Buckinghamshire (TfB) to check on the weather forecast daily in the week leading up to the general election.
In the event of a cold snap, roads which are traditionally gritted - the precautionary routes - will continue to be treated as normal. The more extensive secondary routes will also be gritted to increase the number of roads receiving treatment.
TfB has plotted the location of each polling station to identify those which are not in the vicinity of precautionary or secondary gritting routes and will, if resources and time allow, aim to ensure that the key routes leading to the polling stations are accessible. As an additional measure, where possible, road closures which are close to polling stations will be removed to enable access.
Routine daily gritting
TfB constantly monitors weather forecasts and road surface temperatures between October and April, and undertakes precautionary salting of around 44% of the entire network whenever there is a possibility of ice formation. It’s the road surface temperature (RST) that’s important, so when there's a forecast for the RST to drop below +0.5 oC, the crews are alerted and the 25 gritters get ready to begin their work.
TfB has the limited resource of 25 gritters, and the safety of the precautionary network for road users will remain the number one priority even on election day.
The Council made The Buckinghamshire County Council (Herds Hill and Buckingham Road, Steeple Claydon in the Parish of Steeple Claydon ) (Temporary Prohibition of Through Traffic) Order, 2019 which will temporarily prohibit any vehicle from proceeding, except for access, in Herds Hill for 1667 metres. Alternative route: Claydon Hill, Sandhill Road, Middle Claydon, Steeple Claydon Road, Queen Catherine Road and vice versa. The closure is required whilst East West Rail Core Hole and Trial Holes take place commencing on 16 December 2019 between 09:30 and 15:00. The proposed Order will come into operation on 16 December 2019, as signed, with maximum 18 months duration.
Dated 20 November 2019
Once again, Transport for Buckinghamshire successfully worked alongside Thames Valley Police, Bucks Fire and Rescue and other emergency services across the county to deliver the High Wycombe leg of the Safe Drive, Stay Alive tour 2019. The High Wycombe dates ran from 5th – 7th November, with the shows being delivered to almost 5,000 pupils from Bucks, and even some from beyond!
The show is hard hitting and has been proven to be impactful on the young people who come and watch it. There are some tears and emotions do run high, but what’s important is that the young people take away the crucial message of the show – to drive safely.
The show looks at some of the main causes of accidents whilst driving – using your mobile phone, drinking, drugs and speeding, with stories delivered by members of the emergency services, a survivor of a horrific car accident and a mother who lost her son in a car accident..
This year marked 15 years of Safe Drive, Stay Alive – a testament to just how important this educational show is. TfB is proud to play a part in delivering Safe Drive, Stay Alive and helping countless young people across Buckinghamshire to become safer drivers.
Our Winter Driving campaign is now live!
If you’re an avid listener of Mix 96, you may have heard our Winter Driving campaign! Throughout November and December, Mix 96 will be playing our Winter Driving tips throughout the day! Some of our advice includes:
- Remember, gritted roads may still be icy!
- Check your tyres, lights and screenwash before travelling
- Before driving, check weather and travel reports
- In bad weather, allow more time for your journey
In addition to tips shared on the radio, we also have a banner on the Mix 96 website, promoting our award winning Winter Driving Module. If you are yet to take the module, you can do so right here: https://www.buckscc.gov.uk/services/transport-and-roads/road-safety/winter-driving/winter-driving-online-module/
Now that we are properly into the swing of winter season at TfB, we will also be promoting these messages across the Travel Safe Bucks social media (@travelsafebucks on Twitter and Travel Safe Bucks on Facebook) as well as on TfB social media.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year…
Yes, the festive period is fast approaching! There will be staff do’s and parties, gatherings with friends and families and loved ones… all of which have the potential to include alcohol. As well as discussing safe Winter driving, we will also be taking time over the next couple of months to promote information about drink driving – or rather, not drink driving! We will be sharing information about the Morning After app, running an email campaign with local businesses (including Arla) to share among their staff and spreading the message far and wide about the importance of knowing when you’re over the limit, the affect alcohol can have on you the morning after and organising a lift/taxi home after a party! Look out for all of this across our social media channels and on the Portal so you can stay up to date with everything.
Other interesting road safety news…
- Texting drivers brought to a “dead halt”… http://roadsafetygb.org.uk/news/texting-drivers-brought-to-a-dead-halt/
- New campaign highlights the consequences of drink driving http://roadsafetygb.org.uk/news/campaign-highlights-the-consequences-of-drink-driving/
- Government to tighten up mobile phone laws http://roadsafetygb.org.uk/news/government-to-tighten-up-mobile-phone-laws/
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