The Highways Agency says Cumbria is well prepared for any severe weather this winter. It has 17 gritters available across Cumbria and North Lancs and nine depots, each holding hundreds of tonnes of salt. The Agency also says two snow-blowing machines can be used if the weather turns very wintry.
The gritters can be mobilised in under an hour, which includes the time needed to load the vehicles and they say all A roads and motorways should be gritted in under three hours.The Highways Agency is showing off its fleet of vehicles at its Penrith depot today.
At the same time it's encouraging drivers to travel safely this winter. It's giving the following advice to people who are delayed by maintenance or improvement works on the roads:
Keep within the speed limit
Get into the correct lane in good time
Concentrate on the road ahead, not roadworks
Be alert for traffic entering or leaving roadworks