Gritters at the ready: county council prepares for winter

Cambridgeshire County Councils gritters

Cambridgeshire County Councils gritters - Credit: Archant

A fleet of gritters, quad bikes and crews will be seen driving around the county tomorrow evening, while they carry out a trial run in preparation for winter.

Cambridgeshire County Council's gritters

Cambridgeshire County Council's gritters - Credit: Archant

The salt domes and barns have already been filled with 10,000 tonnes of rock salt ready for the start of the cold season.

The crews are carrying out a trial run to make sure the drivers re-familiarise themselves with the routes and any alterations, plus make sure there are no problems.

Grittney Spears and Brad Grit will be on the roads with their 35 gritter pals from 7pm across the county, along with the quad bike twins who will be going along the cycle routes in Cambridge City. Although all the vehicles will be travelling slowly, with warning lights, no grit will be spread.

Last year crews went out 79 times and many of them were up through the night or in the early hours of the morning including Boxing Day, to make sure roads were treated.

Cambridgeshire County Council’s Chair of the Highways and Community Infrastructure Committee, Councillor Mathew Shuter said “Our gritter crews do a fantastic job in all weather conditions and even leave their families in the middle of Christmas holidays to make sure our roads are gritted.

“As we move into winter we want to make sure our crews are ready to go as soon as our weather stations indicate it’s time to grit.

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“These trial runs are really important as they allow us to train new drivers and remind the existing ones of the routes they’ll be keeping clear over the next six months and provide any feedback.

“So please don’t be surprised if you see one out and about, as once we have done the trial we’ll be ready for when the cold weather snaps.”

If you are interested in volunteering to help us grit Cambridgeshire during winter months, visit our web page to find out you and your community can get involved: