Ready for action – Kent’s gritters on standby

Bookies might have slashed the odds of a white Christmas, but whatever the weather, Kent’s gritters are ready for action.

At the beginning of October, the county’s 60 gritters and five mini gritters warmed up their engines and took part in a dry run of gritting routes. They are now on standby for when the temperatures plummet.

Last year, gritters travelled about 70,000 miles across Kent, which is about 80 trips from Land’s End to John o’ Groats.

Gritters outside County Hall in Maidstone on Tuesday

Gritters outside County Hall in Maidstone on Tuesday

On Tuesday, the winter service team got together to officially launch Kent Highways’ Winter Service.

They were joined at County Hall in Maidstone by Kent Police, Kent Fire and Rescue Services and the NHS to showcase their preparedness for the cold months ahead.

A competition for children was launched inviting them to come up with a name for one of KCCs mini gritters which are designed to enable the gritting of narrow roads on the county’s primary routes.

The competition is run via Kent County Council’s Twitter (@Kent_CC) and Facebook pages ( or you can enter here.

KCC grits over 2,500 miles of Kent’s roads and has 53 primary salting routes covering 1,300 miles of road.

There are over 2,000 salt bins in parishes across the county and KCC is backed up by around 100 farmers to help plough 170 rural routes during bad snow.

Aurelia Lloyd-Morell, five, from Eccles enjoys a ride in gritter #AuntyFreeze

Aurelia Lloyd-Morell, five, from Eccles enjoys a ride in gritter #AuntyFreeze

Kent County Council Cabinet Member for Environment & Transport Matthew Balfour, said: “Freezing conditions can strike early and we’re fully prepared for this.

“We’re stocked up with 23,000 tonnes of salt, held in a network of depots across the county.

“I’d also urge people to be prepared themselves for the winter months by checking over their cars, particularly brakes, topping up anti-freeze and ensuring their tyres are in the best condition for maximum safety.

“Check the weather before travelling and make use of our salt bins to improve grip on roads and pavements.”

For up to date information about when the team is out, follow @grittingkent on Twitter.

For more information about Kent’s Winter Service, visit:

Gritter names and district covered

Gritter name


ImaGritter Dover / Thanet
NittyGritty Dover / Thanet
Salty Dover / Thanet
Gritsy Dover / Thanet
SnowDestroyer Dover / Thanet
SirGritalot Dover / Thanet
Thor Dover / Thanet
Sprinkle Dover / Thanet
Stormtrooper Dover / Thanet
Iceotron Dartford / Gravesham
JackFrost Dartford / Gravesham
Gritterati Dartford / Gravesham
Frosty Dartford / Gravesham
Grit4u Dartford / Gravesham
Snowmageddon Dartford / Gravesham
Eskisnow Dartford / Gravesham
SaltShaker Dartford / Gravesham
SnowQueen Dartford / Gravesham
SnowGlow Maidstone / Tonbridge & Malling
ShowSnowMercy Maidstone / Tonbridge & Malling
SnowEater Maidstone / Tonbridge & Malling
AuntyFreeze Maidstone / Tonbridge & Malling
Margrit Maidstone / Tonbridge & Malling
GritBritain Maidstone / Tonbridge & Malling
TheGrittalo Maidstone / Tonbridge & Malling
Snowminator Maidstone / Tonbridge & Malling
Gritteriam Maidstone / Tonbridge & Malling
IceBreaker Maidstone / Tonbridge & Malling
Snowbot Maidstone / Tonbridge & Malling
Snowdium Maidstone / Tonbridge & Malling
BananaGrit Maidstone / Tonbridge & Malling
GreatGritain Sevenoaks / Tunbridge Wells
Gritspur Sevenoaks / Tunbridge Wells
Antifreeze Sevenoaks / Tunbridge Wells
IvorGritspeader Sevenoaks / Tunbridge Wells
Gritrophenia Sevenoaks / Tunbridge Wells
Lambourgritti Sevenoaks / Tunbridge Wells
SnowBosher Sevenoaks / Tunbridge Wells
GreatGritsby Sevenoaks / Tunbridge Wells
IceKrispie Sevenoaks / Tunbridge Wells
BobbySnow Shepway / Ashford
SnowFarah Shepway / Ashford
Snowy Shepway / Ashford
SnowStorm Shepway / Ashford
Grittzee Shepway / Ashford
MrCool Shepway / Ashford
IceCruncher Shepway / Ashford
Grittergritten Shepway / Ashford
FlameGritter Swale / Canterbury
Gritanation Swale / Canterbury
SnowStormer Swale / Canterbury
Crunchy Swale / Canterbury
FrostGiant Swale / Canterbury
GrittyGritty Swale / Canterbury
GritneySkiers Swale / Canterbury
SnowWhite Swale / Canterbury
FreddieSalted Swale / Canterbury
SnowEliminator Shepway / Canterbury
TerrorGritter Shepway / Canterbury
MrSnow Shepway / Canterbury
Ready for action – Kent’s gritters on standby was last modified: October 27th, 2015 by Ellis Stephenson