SENIOR councillors are expected to back a reviewed road safety scheme.

Flintshire Council’s Cabinet will be asked to approve the reviewed 'SCRIM' policy and Operational Manual for Managing Skid Resistance when it meets on Tuesday.

The skid resistance of any road is a critical factor in terms of road safety and is measured by a specialist vehicle known as a SCRIM, which measures the wet skidding resistance of a road surface and produces a ‘SCRIM’ value for each section of road on the classified highway network.

Councillor Carolyn Thomas, Flintshire Council’s cabinet member for streetscene and countryside, said: “Highway authorities must have a SCRIM policy and the last time our policy was reviewed was in 2013.

"As the Highway Maintenance Good Practice Guidance has recently been updated, it is timely that the council’s own policy is reviewed to ensure it aligns to the new guidance.”

The policy will apply only to the ‘A’ and ‘B’ and designated strategic ‘C’ class network and there will be no formal policy for the remainder of the unclassified road network.

This is based on a risk management approach, taking into consideration the lower traffic levels and that low skid resistance is not being a major factor in road safety on these roads.