GRITTING teams have been working round the clock to tackle snow and ice following the weekend's cold snap.
Crews from the county council have been working since Thursday on the priority and secondary routes in Accrington. The number of crews working on the priority routes have been doubled and small "quad" type vehicles have been deployed to clear priority footways.
County Councillor Keith Young, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: "Our teams have been battling against constant freezing temperatures and regular snow falls which have meant these dedicated drivers have been out time after time to help keep the main routes salted.
"They have also made progress on the less used secondary routes which are salted once we are confident the main routes have enough salt to stand up to the weather.
"Of course salt is not a magic solution to ice and snow, but the fact that the priority routes have remained useable with care is a tribute to the hard work of our staff."
He added: "More snow is expected and our crews will continue to work on routes across Lancashire. We will work through out list of routes on a priority basis. Extra staff will also be going out to clear pathways in priority areas."
Police have also warned drivers and pedestrians to take extra care during the cold weather.
Inspector Phil Cottam from Lancashire Police’s motorway unit, said: "Luckily we have not had any major incidents so far today, however the roads have been extremely busy as people have been driving slower and in line with the conditions.
"I would ask people to take extra care and only travel if you have to. Motorists need to be patient with each other and allow for the conditions.
"Make sure you keep your distance from the car in front of you and drive at an appropriate speed. If people can avoid travelling then they should and I think as the day moves on and the weather becomes colder then the slush will turn to ice and make it very difficult."
Inspector Cottam added: "Pedestrians must take extra care too, especially those who are out walking their dogs or perhaps listening to their ipods or on their mobile telephones.
"You should make sure you are highly visible to other road users and take extra care when crossing busy roads and beware of the icy, snowy conditions."
For pictures and a full round-up of how the snow affected the area check this week’s paper.