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Gritters roll out for first time as cold weather bites

Staffordshire’s gritting fleet were out on the roads before dawn this morning for the first time this winter.

After following the overnight weather forecasts crews across the county stood to at 4am, before heading out to treat the main routes.

The county council’s fleet of 40 plus gritters and snow ploughs are ready to roll once the temperature drops, and with more than 20,000 tonnes of salt stockpiled, Staffordshire is prepared for poor weather.

Helen Fisher, Cabinet Support Member for Highways and Transport  at Staffordshire County Council, said:

“Over the last few weeks our highways teams have been busy preparing our fleet of gritters and last night saw their first action.

“As temperatures dropped across the county, our gritting teams were out in the early morning to treat the main roads.  And, as we can expect more cold weather, crews will be continuously monitoring  conditions and rolling into action when needed to help keep the county safely on the move.

“On a typical winter day we will be out largely on key A and B roads, but in prolonged ice or snow we will be pulling out all the stops to treat less major routes across the network. As always, regardless of whether a road has been gritted, motorists need to slow down, take extra care and allow more time for their journeys, as the most important thing is that we all get through winter safely.”

Temperatures and road conditions are monitored from weather stations across the county and the team of Winter Decision Makers will make the call as to when and where to send out the gritters.

On routine winter days and nights gritters will be focusing on the major routes and extending to the wider network in prolonged ice and snow conditions. You can find out more about where we grit and how we decide to grit at www.staffordshire.gov.uk/winter