Herald - Issue 368

v WE’VE BEEN YOUR LOCAL SINCE 1994 v 14th February 2019 • The HERALD • Page 67 For a free estimate call 07866 041192 or 0800 028 7878 or visit www.chipsaway.co.uk VAUXTECH LOCAL GARAGE Tel: 023 8086 9496 Unit 5, New Forest Enterprise Centre, Totton, Southampton SO40 9LA LOCAL GARAGE EST 23 YEARS • Servicing & Repairs • MOT’s (arranged) • Brakes • Clutches • Tyres • Air Conditioning • Collection & Delivery Locally Friendly & Reliable Onsite Café Facilities All Makes & Models Send your local news to The Editor, The Herald, 2 High Street, Hythe SO45 6AH or email: editor@herald-publishing.co.uk SALT - more than just a household ingredient Information provided by Highways England Salt is more than something to sprinkle on to your fish and chips, this common household ingredient helps keeps England’s roads moving. As temperatures are forecast to remain cold across the country Highways England’s army of workers are ready 24/7 to descend on to our motorways and major A roads in a fleet of gritters, to keep traffic moving. The company stores around 280,000 tonnes of salt at its 127 depots, spread across the country at strategic locations but salt has already come on a long journey before it leaves the depots to reach its final destination on the road. Highways England explains the incredible journey salt takes from mine to road. Salt (sodium chloride) comes from salt mined hundreds of metres underground. The salt is extracted generally by using a continuous mining machine. The salt travels along conveyors to a machine where it is crushed and inspected to ensure it is the correct grade to be used on roads. It is then brought up to ground and transported by lorries to our depots where it is stored until needed. Each lorry can transport 28 tonnes and our purpose built salt barns can hold anything up to 8,000 tonnes. Highways England’s National Winter and Severe Weather Team Leader, Paul Furlong said: “Salt works by lowering the freezing point of moisture on the road surface, so that it has to be colder before it can turn to ice. In order for it to become really effective, dry salt has to form a brine solution on the road surface. “It is this brine that is responsible for lowering the temperature at which water freezes on the road surface to prevent ice from forming. To make this process occur quicker our vehicles spread concentrated brine on to dry salt as it is spread, which helps the salt react more quickly.” The brine we use is much more salty than sea water. Sea water contains about 3.5% salt while our brine contains around 23%. To decide on the type of salt treatment needed, a range of methods are used, such as weather station and road condition information. Paul added: “The amount of salt we need to use can vary and no two days will necessarily require the same treatment. However, it is important to realise that salt won’t necessarily stop snow from settling but it will help when it comes to ploughing the snow off the road. “When spreading salt our gritters will have all their amber beacons flashing and will be travelling no faster than 40mph. Our vehicles could be found in any lane although on standard 3-lane motorways they will often be in the middle lane, so we would encourage drivers to give them enough space. When snow ploughing, our vehicles will be found working on our roads at speeds around 20mph, so drivers are urged to drive with particular care during snow conditions.” Various advice and information about our winter services will be used on all of our social media channels – Twitter (@HighwaysEngland), Facebook, Instagram and YouTube, simply search Highways England. The 14th New Forest East Applemore Scout Group will be holding its popular Scout Auction at Scout HQ, Applemore College on Sunday 24th February from 10.30am. Donated saleable items are most welcome such as furniture (no three piece suites or mattresses please) ornaments, china, books, records, antiques, household items, bikes, jewellery, garden and camping equipment and baby equipment. There is an opportunity to view all auction lots on Saturday 23rd between 10am and 4pm and then again on Sunday 24th between 9am and 10am. There is a 50p admission which includes a catalogue. Refreshments will be available on both days. Donated items can be delivered to the Scout HQon any of the following nights: Monday 6.15pm-9.15pm; Wednesday 6pm-8pm, Thursday 7pm-9pm. They can also accept donations on any night between 7pm-8.30pm during 18th–22nd February. Items can be collected; however the organisers no longer have access to a van so are unable to collect large items. If collection is required please telephone Lynda on 07708 849040 or Sam on 07856 248678. Collection of items will be during the evening of the week prior to the Auction. Scout Auction