From Tuesday, this week, (15 October), the County Council’s gritting teams are on standby ready for when the weather turns for colder.
Over the summer months, the highways depots in Newlands, Stanford, Tenbury, Lydiate and Hinton have been re-stocked with over 14000 tonnes of salt, which includes a 5,000 tonne strategic reserve in case of an unusually harsh winter.
The Worcestershire Highways fleet of 32 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.
We will also be checking the county's 1,320 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).
The start of the gritting season also means our Twitter account for roads and highways @worcstravel will go into ‘#grittertwitter’ mode, with a daily update on where and when the gritters could be going out. For the latest information on this and to keep up to date on all the news from the gritting teams follow @worcscc and @worcstravel.
Councillor Alan Amos, cabinet member with responsibility for Highways, said: "Our gritting teams do a fantastic job keeping Worcestershire moving throughout the winter months. They work in difficult conditions when it can be dark, icy and snowy. While most of us are asleep, they head out to help keep the county's roads open and safe.
"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 find their nearest grit bin on the Gritting Routes page of the Council's website.