Kent’s fleet of 60 gritters is now on standby to salt roads when temperatures plummet to freezing after the launch of the county’s winter service.
David Brazier, Kent County Council Cabinet Member for Environment & Transport, said:
“We’re aware that freezing conditions can strike early and we are well-prepared for this.
“We’re fully stocked with 23,000 tonnes of salt, held in a network of depots across the county. Crews have been familiarising themselves with our primary salting routes, which cover nearly a third of our entire 5,000 mile road network.
“When we see snow on the ground, we also have a more than 150 farmers who clear a network of dedicated rural routes. They’re up and out before dawn doing their bit to help keep Kent moving.
“In town centres, we’ve worked with the district and borough councils so that the most important areas, such as doctors’ surgeries, hospitals, and shopping areas, are treated.”
For up to date information about when we are going out gritting, follow us on Twitter and Facebook @grittingkent. For more information about Kent’s Winter Service, please visit: www.kent.gov.uk/winter.
The gritters, which were named by school children in a countywide competition, are assigned to given routes/districts