Gritters are working around the clock.

The weather has really taken a turn for the worse over the last few days and with areas of the country experiencing delays on the roads I would like to reassure residents that Staffordshire’s dedicated gritting crews will be on call around the clock to fight the festive freeze and the whole highways team is ready to step up to the challenge.

IMG_0460 200Our team has already faced a busy weekend, spreading 1,500 tonnes of salt. Crews visited each of the area’s 60 routes at 5pm on Saturday and Sunday and again during the early evening.

Our team has access to a fleet of over 60 salting vehicles, 140 snow blades, and 20 tractor-mounted snow blowers. And 10 of the salting machines use pre-wetted salt, ensuring more immediate and effective action, stopping ice before it gets a grip.

We grit 43% of our roads – higher than the national average of 35%. However this does mean some will remain untreated. Please do just be careful on all roads this Christmas folks.

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