Peterborough roads gritted after melting in the heat

The road gritter

The road gritter

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If you thought you were melting in the record-breaking heat on Wednesday, then you were not the only one. As it turns out, Peterborough’s roads suffered just as much.

With the mercury reaching an unprecedented 35.3C in nearby Wittering, the hottest temperature since Met Office records began in 1910, Peterborough City Council took the unusual decision to start repairing 12 of its roads with sealing grit after the surface started melting.

In fact, the council believes this is only the third time in the last decade that it needed to grit the roads due to the temperature being too hot.

The roads affected were:

. Oakdale Avenue, Stanground

. Walcot Road, Barnack

. Maxey Road, Maxey

. Heath Road, Helpston

. Maxey Road (High St part), Maxey

. High Street, Maxey

. Market Deeping bypass, Northborough

. Deeping St James Road, Northborough

. Glinton Bypass, Glinton

. Fulbridge Road, Werrington

. Lincoln Road, Werrington

. New Cut, Thorney.

Council official Andy Tatt, head of Peterborough Highway Services, said: “The record high temperatures meant that there were small stretches of road that started to become tacky.

“These roads were not dangerous, however it was decided to take the precautionary measure of treating the roads to prevent any issues from getting worse.

“Treating these areas with sealing grit is a recognised and effective treatment used by local highway authorities to seal and stabilise bitumen that has melted due to excessive road surface temperatures.

“It is certainly not something that we have to do every year. This is only around the third time over the last decade when we have needed to take this kind of action.”