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Gritting crews on standby for winter
7:00am Wednesday 16th October 2013 in News
GRITTERS are already on standby as they prepare for another winter in Wyre Forest.
The final checks have been made to Worcestershire County Council's gritting fleet as crews gear up for another busy cold snap.
Last winter was the crews busiest season when teams clocked up 62,149 miles – the equivalent of travelling around the world along the equator two-and-a-half times.
Depots are fully stocked with around 13,000 tonnes of salt ready to be spread on the 1,500 miles of designated highway in Worcestershire when needed.
Teams are also currently travelling around checking the 1,233 grit bins have been filled.
All of the gritting fleet is fitted with technology, pioneered in Europe, which uses brine solution on salt before it is placed on roads, to help it work quicker.
The @worcscc account will jump into 'Gritter Twitter' mode account for the fifth year running to keep people up-to-date.
Conservative councillor John Smith, the county council’s cabinet member for highways and transport, said: "It's always amazing just how quickly this time of year seems to come around.
"It was great to see so many messages of support coming through for the teams when freezing conditions were at the worst in January and February.
“I know that meant a lot and helped keep them going through the nights, while we were all tucked up in our beds. We all appreciate their efforts and, once again, I'm sure they'll be very much up to the challenge of facing whatever the season has in store.”
He added: “As always it's worth stressing that grit has never been, or never will be, a miracle fix. Even when roads have been treated it's never safe to assume you can travel at normal speeds during adverse weather. The message is still the same – take care on the roads when temperatures drop."
People can find out more at worcestershire.gov.uk/gritting.
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