Episode 2: Keeping the Show on the Road

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Broad­cast: BBC 2, 9pm, Tues­day 16 September

Episode 2, Keep­ing the Show on the Road, inves­ti­gates the chal­lenges faced by the High­ways Agency and our part­ners dur­ing adverse win­ter weather. This episode looks at our salt spread­ing oper­a­tions and fol­lows staff work­ing 24/7 dur­ing the cold sea­son to ensure roads are treated and kept open. The show looks at the High­ways Agency’s response to wind, rain and flooding.

Salt spreader being loaded

Issues raised in episode 2: Keep­ing the Show on the Road

This episode fea­tures lots of infor­ma­tion about the High­ways Agency’s response to adverse weather in win­ter. Whilst most expect ice and snow, last win­ter was more notable for storms, high winds, rain and floods. We have to be ready to respond to any severe weather events.

You can get more infor­ma­tion about our salt spread­ing oper­a­tions on our Area 9 page.

The High­ways Agency doesn’t pro­vide weather fore­casts — but we do pro­mote severe weather warn­ings issued by the Met Office.

This video has more infor­ma­tion about how we work with the Met Office, see our video clip The Met Office at the High­ways Agency.

The Agency’s ‘Weather Watch’ page sign­posts to the Met Office web­site and Met Office mobile web­site. We also issue sea­sonal dri­ving advice.

We also run cam­paigns to encour­age dri­vers to pre­pare for win­ter. More infor­ma­tion on last year’s “Make Time for Win­ter Cam­paign” can be found on The National Archives web­site.

If you’d like to find out more about the role of traf­fic offi­cers, watch our intro­duc­tory video on YouTube, ‘What it’s like to work for the Traf­fic Offi­cer Ser­vice’. See more infor­ma­tion on the Agency’s web­site.