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Gloucestershire pupils show true grit


In November the county council announced plans for a new fleet of gritters to keep the county moving when the freezing weather strikes.

The gritters are being leased by the county council for ten years to replace the old fleet, which is now 12 years old, and based at depots around the county.

Last year, the county council’s gritting teams completed an average of 64 gritting runs over 56,000 miles using just over 9,300 tonnes of salt.

As the gritters will be in service for ten years, the county council and partners Amey felt the people best placed to come up with names for the new fleet were Gloucestershire’s primary school children.

After ploughing through the entries the county council and Amey are pleased to announce the names of our new gritters and the winners:

Sprinkle, named by five year old Rupert Neal from Pebworth First School.

Gertie, named by 10 year old Laya Bosher from Alderman Knight School.

Freezeman, named by nine year old Josh Liddicot from St Matthews School.

Snowby-Wan, named by five year old Ethan Facey from Carlton School.

Winners will receive a scale model of a gritter and a school visit from the Amey winter crews with their gritter proudly displaying its new name.

Cllr Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways and flood, said: “It’s wonderful to see the creativity of local school children being celebrated with the naming of our new gritters. This competition has helped raise awareness of road safety across the county.

“Our road crews are the first line of defence in winter weather: they put in tremendous effort battling the elements around the clock so we can travel safely around the county.”

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