Gritters bound for Nottinghamshire’s roads as winter bites

A gritter in action
A gritter in action

Gritting crews are bound for Nottinghamshire’s roads tonight amid freezing temperatures and some wintry showers.

The county council’s 23 gritting vehicles will take to the roads from 7pm as clear skies allow road surface temperatures to fall below freezing, resulting in icy patches.

Tonight will mark only the 16th time this winter the gritting crews have been out and only the seventh time this year so far – thanks to a prolonged mild spell.

However, this week’s dip in temperatures has seen the crews go out on six out of seven days so far.

A Nottinghamsire County Council spokesman said: “The authority currently has 16,673 tonnes of salt stored in its four grit barns and is in a strong position to deal with the worst winter conditions.

“Each time the gritting crews go out they salt, in total, 1,120 miles of A and B roads as well as major bus routes – one third of the county’s entire road network and equivalent to driving from John O’Groats to Land’s End.”