Getting ready for a bad winter

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A FLEET of six new gritters will be arriving in South Holland soon ready to keep the roads safe this winter.

The 26 tonne Mercedes Schmidt gritters will replace older vehicles at Lincolnshire County Council’s highways depot in Pode Hole.

They are part of the preparations already well underway to ensure many of the county’s roads remain passable if bad weather strikes.

As well as the gritters, 15,000 tonnes of salt are also on order, taking the total available for the county up to 35,000 tonnes.

The amount of salt used during the really bad 2009/2010 winter was 34,000 tonnes.

Last winter just 21 tonnes was used, with gritters taking to the roads 82 times.

Executive member for Highways and Transportation Coun William Webb said: “Getting ready for the impact of winter weather on the roads takes place all year round in Lincolnshire.

“We’re more than ready for anything that comes our way.

“This year we have more salt than we have ever needed before and we are also making sure our gritters are in tip-top condition and replacing some of the older vehicles.”

Residents are also being asked to get involved in preparing for winter by asking whether their parish council has a winter resilience self-help plan in place, or volunteer to salt the roads and footpaths where they live.

Just over a third of the county’s roads are salted, including all A and B roads.

Last year gritter alerts on social media site Twitter proved very popular and Gritter Twitter will run again from mid-October.