ROAD SAFETY: Beware of black ice

PUBLISHED: 11:30 30 January 2009 | UPDATED: 08:51 02 June 2010

I JUST wanted to let you know that readers should be made aware of the possibility of black ice alongside the Forty Foot.  I use the road each morning to travel from Chatteris to Peterborough and had thought that, given the notoriety of the road, it woul

I JUST wanted to let you know that readers should be made aware of the possibility of black ice alongside the Forty Foot.

I use the road each morning to travel from Chatteris to Peterborough and had thought that, given the notoriety of the road, it would be well gritted.

The other morning, most people were travelling at a steady 40mph, which I thought was reasonable, so I was quite disturbed when I could feel that the car appeared to be losing its grip on the road for a certain stretch, which I can only put down to black ice.

I rang the County Council to see if they were aware/anything could be done about the situation and was informed that it would have been gritted the night before at some point and that roads cannot be prioritised for gritting at specific times of day according to the perceived level of danger, so they cannot guarantee that the gritting will still be effective by morning rush hour.

Their only advice was to drive according to the conditions.

I don't think that this is a satisfactory response - am I being unreasonable?

MARY LANCEFIELD.

Via email

A spokesman for Cambridgeshire County Council, said: "The county council takes safety very seriously, especially on routes such as the Forty Foot Bank Road.

"The road was gritted three times in a 24 hour period, including the evening before, which is normal practice as gritting during rush hour would be too late.

"Due to the amount of gritting and the weather it would be unlikely that black ice had formed.

"Even on gritted roads motorists must drive carefully as it does not guarantee the road has the same grip as in normal conditions.

"We work closely with the police and make judgements whether extra gritting is required or if weather conditions change.


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