The winter season runs from mid-October to mid-April. During this time period weather conditions are monitored through receiving daily weather forecasts.
As well as being updated with regular national forecasts, we have five weather stations, consisting of two fixed road outstations at Abernant and Banwen, allowing data to be received directly by the team.
In addition, we have installed remote sensor units, with supporting deep and surface temperature probes, based at Melin Court, Afan Valley and Kenfig Industrial Estate. These weather stations provide live weather information to the Authority’s forecaster.
Pre-treatment salting is then carried out on the identified routes across Neath Port Talbot prior to the forecast time for frost or icy conditions.
If icy conditions continue, the routes then continue to be treated as and when deemed necessary. This precautionary treatment takes approximately 3 hours 30 minutes to complete.