Cookies on Dublin People website
We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. We also use cookies to ensure we show you advertising that is relevant to you. If you continue without changing your settings, we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on the Dublin People website. However, if you would like to, you can change your cookie settings at any time by amending your browser settings.
Hide Message
  • Northside East

Councils ready to weather any storms as winter starts to bite

Friday, 22nd November, 2019 8:00am
Councils ready to weather any storms as winter starts to bite

A truck grits the roads around the M50 during a past snow event. FILE PHOTO: DARREN KINSELLA

Councils ready to weather any storms as winter starts to bite

A truck grits the roads around the M50 during a past snow event. FILE PHOTO: DARREN KINSELLA

Aoife O'Brien

FINGAL County Council is encouraging people to check on vulnerable neighbours and practice safe driving in the event of severe weather as part of their response to the Government’s ‘Be Winter Ready’ campaign.

As weather conditions are set to deteriorate in the coming weeks, the council has put a winter maintenance plan in place to cope with extreme weather events.

This includes a fleet of eight gritting and salting trucks, four of which have been replaced since last year. 

The council have also purchased five new snow ploughs this year and have a number of JCBs which can be deployed for extreme weather events.

The fleet is also all covered by repair contracts to keep them operational.

The council has a maintenance team with four duty engineers, 10 rostered engineers and 20 rostered trained drivers.

Salt balms in Swords and Coolmine are also sufficiently stocked for this purpose according to the council.

Meanwhile, Dublin City Council’s Road Maintenance Services have also prepared a winter maintenance plan for 2019/2020 that will run until the end of April 2020.

In the event of freezing temperatures, ice or snow approximately 300km of the road network in the city council’s administrative area will be treated with gritting salt.

Twenty-five salt bins will soon be placed at strategic locations across the city, according to the city council.

Approximately 2,100 tonnes of road salt are already stored in four deposits across the city and arrangements are in place with Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) to secure additional salt at short notice if that is required.

Rosters are in place for the division’s inspectors, drivers, fitters and general operatives.

Dublin City Council also has a fleet of 10 gritters and six snow ploughs as well as a number of lorries, JCBs and four wheeled drive vehicles.

In the event of a severe weather alert arising, Fingal County Council will activate its Crisis Management Team and its Severe Weather Alert Team.

“In this event information will be continually posted on the Fingal Alerts app as well as our Twitter and Facebook accounts,” Fingal County Council said.

A list of the roads that are prioritised for treatment can also be found on Dublin City Council’s website.

Speaking at the launch of the ‘Be Winter Ready’ campaign, Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross, warned motorists of the dangerous road conditions that extreme weather can cause.

“Hail showers are unpredictable and can lead to very difficult and dangerous road conditions, especially on higher speed roads like dual carriageways and motorways," said Minister Ross.

"You should try to be aware of weather warnings that indicate a risk of hail. 

“Driving in these conditions is particularly hazardous and it’s essential to slow down while avoiding heavy braking or sudden steering movements."

Read the digital editions of the Dublin People Northside East, Northside West & Southside here