First October gritting for over 10 years

GRITTERS have been out on Cambridgeshire s roads in October for the first time in more than a decade, as the sudden Arctic weather made overnight driving conditions treacherous. The fleet of 36 vehicles was deployed on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday nights,

GRITTERS have been out on Cambridgeshire's roads in October for the first time in more than a decade, as the sudden Arctic weather made overnight driving conditions treacherous.

The fleet of 36 vehicles was deployed on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday nights, and they are expected to be out again tonight (Friday). On a full gritting run they cover around 1,100 miles of roads - 40 per cent of the county network.

"Road temperature will be close to freezing tonight, but the next three nights look like there will be milder weather. However, we will keep a close eye on the weather and go out when appropriate," a spokesman for Cambridgeshire County Council said.

County Councillor Matt Bradney, the cabinet member responsible, added: "Gritting Cambridgeshire's roads is a vital part of our commitment to improving road safety and protecting our communities. Although gritters have been out and about, we do ask motorists to play their part and drive to the conditions. Some roads are not gritted and drivers must take care in this icy weather.


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