The County Council’s gritting teams will officially be on standby from today, they are once again ready to go out and keep Worcestershire moving as winter approaches.
Three new gritters have been added to the current fleet ahead of the start of the season, and three more will be updated as the season progresses.
Over the summer months, various highways depots that cover the whole county were re-stocked ahead of the winter.
Over 11,750 tonnes of salt ready to be used ahead of the new season, and this number will grow as we go through the season, and this will be replenished when necessary.
Councillor Alan Amos, Cabinet Member for Highways, said: “Our gritting teams are once again ready to go out and keep Worcestershire moving through the winter months. They do a fantastic job, working all hours to ensure the county’s roads remain open during the colder and icy weather.
We always encourage our motorists to drive safely, and drive to the conditions, drive safely and carefully, but especially in adverse weather conditions, even when roads have been treated."
The Worcestershire Highways fleet of 32 gritting vehicles and the teams that drive them, 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.
The Council have also checked 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).
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 the County Council website
People can report any issues on the roads including their grit bins via the council website.
The start of the gritting season also means the Twitter account for roads and highways @worcstravel will go into ‘#GritterTwitter’ mode, with a daily update on where and when the gritters are going out.