Bedford Borough Council issues ‘Do Not Travel’ request By Jevanto Productions AdobeStock_186011296

[update] With freezing conditions overnight affecting the safety of local roads into the morning Bedford Borough Council has taken the decision to cancel tomorrow morning’s school transport for the children of key workers and day centre transport. It apologises for any inconvenience this causes. [added 22:35 24/1/2021]

The Council is advising drivers not to travel tomorrow morning (Monday 25 January 2021) unless it is absolutely vital as gritting continues across priority routes in Bedford Borough. The council has been gritting roads in the Borough throughout the day on Sunday, and is set to head out again overnight.

However, road surface temperatures are forecast to fall to -6℃ overnight, and not to rise above freezing until after 10.00am in the morning.

Given the low levels of traffic currently using the roads due to the national lockdown, gritting is likely to be less effective than normal as there are far fewer vehicles around to ‘traffic in’ the salt by crushing and spreading it across the road surface.

Cllr Charles Royden, environment and transport portfolio holder, said:

“We have been gritting roads across the borough throughout the day and will be back out gritting them again overnight. Despite this, in these unique circumstances, with temperatures set fall to minus 6o overnight and into the morning, advice to motorists has to be that we expect the roads to be extremely challenging tomorrow morning and that they should delay their journeys until later in the day if at all possible.”