County Gritting Teams are now officially on standby

aag Published Monday, 6th November 2017

With the cold weather setting in, our gritting teams were out in force last night and will continue to be on standby to help keep Worcestershire moving this winter.

Worcestershire Highways depots are stocked with 15,160 tonnes of salt, including a 5,000 tonne strategic reserve in the event of an unusually harsh winter.

The Worcestershire Highways fleet of 26 gritting vehicles and the teams that drive them are ready to cover Worcestershire's 1000 miles of designated roads. Last winter, the teams clocked up more than 50,000 miles across the county.  That's the equivalent of more than twice around the world.

Checks are also being made on the county's 1,233 grit bins to ensure they are full.  The grit bins are available across the county of Worcestershire and maintained with stocks of a salt/grit mixture.  They are provided for use on the public highway only (including footways).

Cllr Alan Amos, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Highways, said: "Our gritting teams are once again ready to keep Worcestershire moving through winter. They do a fantastic job in difficult conditions while most of us are asleep, to help keep the county's roads open and safe in icy and snowy conditions.

"We encourage drivers not to take the work of the gritting teams for granted. Motorists should always drive safely and carefully, but especially in adverse weather conditions, even when roads have been treated."

There's also a variety of information about our gritting operations online, including interactive maps which show designated gritting routes. Residents can also locate their nearest grit bin, via www.worcestershire.gov.uk/gritting. People can report any issues on the roads including their grit bins via www.worcestershire.gov.uk/reportit.

Find out the latest on what the teams are up to through the County Council's Twitter accounts @worcscc and @worcstravel.  Throughout the gritting season we will be using the hashtag #grittertwitter to keep residents up to date.