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Gritters head out on practice run as county goes on standby for winter


With the chilly mornings already here, Gloucestershire County Council is preparing for the winter ahead.

On Thursday this week a fleet of 32 gritters went out on their first practice run of the season.

The gritters travelled all A, B and some C roads and routes to emergency services like hospitals and fire stations as well as most frequent bus routes.

As part of the test run, teams also inspected the winter maintenance equipment such as snow ploughs and in-cab mobile phones, and were briefed on this year's winter response plan which covers key contacts, procedures, roles and responsibilities.

Cllr Vernon Smith, "We're preparing our highways teams for when the cold weather really hits. When our gritters head out for real they will be spreading salt over 1,000 miles of the county's roads.

"Our road crews are the first line of defence in winter weather, and they put in tremendous effort battling against the elements around the clock to keep the county moving."

Last year, the county council's gritting teams completed an average of 56 gritting runs over 56,000 miles using just over 7,955 tonnes of salt.

This year the county is starting winter with just over 11,331 tonnes of salt, with covered salt domes based in Stroudwater, Cannop, Moreton and Cirencester.

Bagged salt has also been delivered to parishes, and the county's 4,826 grit bins are currently being refilled.

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