Gritters primed and ready as icy blast due to hit county

Wednesday, 16th January 2019

STAFFORDSHIRE’S gritting teams are primed and ready to roll, as freezing temperatures are forecast to hit the county over the next few days.

The Met Office has forecast ice over much of Staffordshire, with even the chance of snow on higher ground.

The county council’s fleet of 40 plus gritters will be heading out tonight, and are ready to roll if the low temperatures continue.

With more than 20,000 tonnes of salt stockpiled, Staffordshire is well prepared for any adverse weather conditions.

Temperatures and road conditions will be monitored from weather stations across the county and the team of Winter Decision Makers will make the call as to when and where to send out the gritters.

On routine winter days and nights, gritters will be focusing on the major routes and extending to the wider network in prolonged ice and snow conditions.

You can find out more about where Staffordshire County Council grit and how they decide to grit at www.staffordshire.gov.uk/winter

The county’s hill contractors are also called into action on the higher ground in the Staffordshire Moorlands.

Staffordshire County Council’s highways lead Helen Fisher said: “Freezing temperatures are forecast over the next few days, meaning our gritting crews will be out and about keeping the county moving.

“On a typical winter day we will be out largely on key A and B roads, but in prolonged ice or snow we will be pulling out all the stops to treat less major routes across the network.

“Of course, every winter is a partnership effort. Our crews play their part, our community Ice Busters do theirs by clearing local paths and we ask all drivers to play theirs as well.

“Regardless of whether a road has been gritted, motorists need to slow down, take extra care and allow more time for their journeys, as the most important thing is that we all get through winter safely.”

People can find out more at www.staffordshire.gov.uk/winter