Gritters heading out this evening

Gritters Published Thursday, 3rd January 2019

Worcestershire's fleet of gritters will be heading out this evening as temperatures are expected to fall below freezing point.

The gritters were only called into action over the festive period on Christmas Eve and then again on New Year's Day as it has stayed relatively mild.

But tonight, forecasters predict that road surface temperatures in the county could fall to as low as -4C, and consequently the gritters will be heading out onto the roads from 6pm.

Councillor Alan Amos, Worcestershire County Council's Cabinet Member for Highways said: "Throughout the holiday period we had our teams on standby, ready to head out in all weathers to help keep us safe on the roads.

"It stayed relatively mild but tonight it's expected to be cold so the gritters will be going out. It's always a good idea to check the weather forecast and follow @WorcsTravel on Twitter for the latest information about what's happening on the county's roads.

"And remember that even though a road is gritted it may not be safe to drive at normal speeds so people should drive with care."

The County Council's road maintenance and gritting teams are always on hand to clear drains and gullies as well as gritting the roads, and clearing snow if needed.

Worcestershire County Council stockpiled 14,701 tonnes of salt for this winter, with a further 5,000 tonnes in emergency stocks should the weather be particularly bad for long periods of time.

To check gritting routes in the county go to http://bit.ly/GritRoute

If anyone spots a problem on a gritting route or wants to report an empty grit bin, go to http://bit.ly/Grittingissue