Angry residents from across the Dudley borough have slammed the condition of Dudley’s icy roads and claimed the council failed to deal with weather conditions they knew were coming.
A yellow weather warning was issued by The Met Office as snow and wintery conditions were expected to hit the region in the early hours of Friday morning.
Dudley Council has a team of 65 people who monitor weather reports for any plunge in temperatures or snowfall. The council’s gritting team, who are based at a depot on Lister Road, Dudley, are responsible for keeping the borough’s roads clear during bad weather.
Cllr Les Jones, who represents Pedmore and Stourbridge East, claims the borough’s 300 miles of principal roads were “all gritted” at 10pm on Thursday night, as well as 3am and 8am on Friday morning.
However, Lynne Smith, who lives just off Brettell Lane in Brierley Hill, says she’s disgusted with the Dudley Council’s response to the weather.
Lynne said that “heading from Brierley Hill to Great Bridge was dreadful” and the Dudley Bypass was little more than an ice rink at 7am on Friday morning.
She said: “I always thought I was a safe driver, but I was almost in tears today as I didn’t feel I could control my car as [I had] no grip at all.”
Residents from across the Dudley borough were complaining about the poor state of the roads on social media yesterday, including Damian Corfield, a Labour Party Candidate for Kingswinford North and Wall Heath.
He said: “The roads in Dudley tonight (Friday) are the worst I’ve seen in 30 years of being a breakdown mechanic. I’ve been all over the borough attending stranded vehicles and no gritters [have been] seen anywhere. Main roads are sheer ice!”
However, the chairman of the Dudley Private Hire and Taxi Association, Shaz Saleem, said he thought that “other than traffic, [the] roads [had] not been bad” and the council had made sure the roads were less icy than in previous years.