Road salt stocks arrive

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TONNES of salt are due to arrive in Spalding in the next few weeks in preparation for this winter’s expected Big Freeze.

Twenty thousand tonnes of salt destined for Lincolnshire’s roads arrived in the UK from Egypt this week – more than doubling the county’s stock levels to 42,000 tonnes.

In the past two winters the county has used 29,000 and 32,000 tonnes – well above the average 18,000 tonnes needed in previous years.

Lincolnshire County Council executive member for Highways and Transportation Coun William Webb said: “It may be sunny outside but we are getting ready for winter now.

“It makes sense to boost our salt stock levels at this time of year to take advantage of lower prices, getting better value for Lincolnshire taxpayers.”

The extremely pure, fine salt, which comes from Egypt, cuts through ice more quickly so less is required.

Coun Webb added: “Quite simply, it’s perfect to use on our roads and helps keep the county moving in freezing conditions.”

Each winter a total of 43 gritters treat 3,000km of priority roads across the county in less than four hours when the temperature drops to 1C and is predicted to fall further.