Extra gritters and more salt have been put in place to prepare for winter weather across the West Midlands.
The Highways Agency has 61 vehicles, 170 workers and 40,000 tonnes of salt ready for snow and harsh conditions on 45 routes, including motorways, across the region.
The agency, which works with highways contractor Amey, is keen to keen to avoid some of the problems suffered last year and said ‘lessons had been learned’.
Darren Clark, national winter specialist, said: “We did have a few experiences last winter which we found particularly challenging in December.
‘‘We have reviewed that and learnt lessons and we have put in place new measures within our severe weather plan in order to manage those events more successfully.
“They include more vehicles, better positioning of our national recovery agent and identifying locations where we might have problems.’’
The agency has available to it 17,000 tonnes of salt more than last year and Mr Clark said the agency also has access to additional reserves in ‘‘a strategic stockpile’’
He said decisions would be made around the clock in line with the weather forecast.
Depots across the region including the one at Coleshill, are responsible for treating 45 routes including motorways and trunk roads and are geared up to cover the area within two hours.
Temperatures this week are at around 9C (48F) to 13C (55F) with no current forecast for snow. Last November’s average temperature was a chilly 4.8C (40F). Mr Clark urged motorists to be prepared if they travel when wintry weather does arrive.
He said: “We encourage people to consider whether they need to make the journey. Look at the weather forecast, the road conditions, travel updates, if you are going to travel then plan ahead.
“Make sure your vehicle is ready for the journey, fuel, oil water and carry an emergency kit; spade, warm clothing, food, drinks torch, jump lead, just in case you get delayed.”