North and eastern parts of the county were the first to have gritters marching through their area on Tuesday evening (October 30) when crews were called out to do the first gritting run of the season. Last winter the gritting team, made up of 80 drivers and more than 60 volunteers, went out 79 times to ensure countys roads were well gritted. Cambridgeshire County Councils 37 vehicles are responsible for gritting 44 per cent of the road network across the county, and this year the gritting fleet came back from their summer break with a makeover - all the vehicles have been kitted out with 360-degree safety cameras to capture footage of when they are out and about on the roads. Previously these cameras were only installed on Cambridge city gritters. Gritting routes are designed to take no more than 2.5hrs to complete. This year the cold season will see updates for three of the countys gritting routes to include the new Ely Southern Bypass which officially opened on Wednesday. The councils hghways department has a team of nine dedicated decision makers who monitor weather forecasts and check road surface temperatures using information from 12 weather stations to determine when and where the crews should be called out to do a gritting run. Cambridgeshire County Councils chairman of the highways and community infrastructure committee, councillor Mathew Shuter, said: I would like to officially welcome back all our drivers, old and new, along with our village volunteers. Our gritter crews do a fantastic job in making sure the roads are kept gritted and safe during cold spells - and with the cold weather creeping in it wont be long until theyre called out again on the countys roads. We dont know what type of weather the winter will bring this year, but our teams are all fully-equipped and geared up to fight any frosty beasts that sweep across our county. For regular updates about when the council goes gritting follow their social media channels Facebook and Twitter and look out for the hashtag #GritterTwitter.