GRITTERS have made more than six times as many runs already this winter than by this stage last year - and are braced for more as the big chill returns.
But South Holland drivers can rest assured that everything is in place to ensure roads remain as safe as possible, with a new delivery of 10,000 tonnes of road salt due anytime now.
By this time in 2009, gritters had made just nine runs and used 1,900 tonnes of salt to combat ice and snow - this year that figure has risen to 56 runs, using 16,500 tonnes of salt.
Darrell Redford, Lincolnshire County Council highways maintenance engineer, said: “As the poor weather reapproaches we are ready to tackle 1,869 miles of priority routes once again, day and night, which includes all A and B roads.
“Despite this excellent service, please remember we can’t cover everywhere such as side streets and pavements.
“The county council has a huge task in a huge county: if all our 9,000km of roads alone were laid in a straight line, they would reach Shanghai in China.
“If we add our vast network of pavements to that, we’d just about reach Darwin in Australia.
“Consequently, we hope people will understand that we have to prioritise busy roads, where there is a greater risk to life and routes for essential and emergency services need protecting.”