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Getting around in snow

posted 19 Dec 2010, 02:48 by Unknown user   [ updated 19 Dec 2010, 03:02 ]
Whilst the snowfall comes as an early Christmas present for those of us who can enjoy the local environment and walk around or sledge, residents are encouraged to look our for our local neighbours during bad weather. Please think to check on those who are less able to look after themselves, or who may be stuck in their homes. If you feel able to, consider clearing the path to your front door, and possibly the path outside your home.

Read the advice on the Hertsdirect website on Salt Bins and Snow clearing advice - contrary to recent concern over liability for clearing a public path it has been stated by the Department for Transport

"There is no law stopping you from clearing snow and ice on the pavement outside your property, pathways to your property or public spaces."

"If an accident did happen, it's highly unlikely that you would be sued as long as you are careful and use common sense to make sure that you don't make the pavement or pathway clearly more dangerous than before. People using areas affected by snow and ice also have responsibility to be careful themselves."

You can also find what Hertfordshire Highways are doing for local roads. You can see their news feed of Salting Decisions and more general information about Salting in Hertfordsire and the routes that are targetted first. The A404 Rickmansworth and Chorleywood road will be the one local road that gets priority, most other local roads will be untreated until the Highways authority can cascade the resources from the primary routes to secondary routes in our community.

Local trains are running, albeit to an emmended and emergency timetable - see TFL or Chiltern Railways for more information. Local bus services are also distrupted, see Intalink and contact the operator of the bus service for further advice.

If you really need to drive, take a look at advice on how to prepare for your journey - the BBC News website has articles from January and December on how to drive in snow. And make sure you prepare your car with essential tools and basic rations - snacks and drinks in case you get stuck.

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