21 October 2021 | Environment | BY: Cambridgeshire County Council

Cambridgeshire County Council: Getting our roads ready for winter

Cambridgeshire’s gritting crew were spotted driving across the county last week, as they carried out a trial run ahead of winter.

As part of Cambridgeshire County Council’s preparations for winter, the fleet of gritters and quad bikes were out on the roads on Wednesday, 20 October.

The salt domes and barns had already been filled with 10,000 tonnes of rock salt ready for the start of the cold season.

This dry run was an essential part of the run up to winter – the trial run was carried out to make sure the drivers re-familiarise themselves with the routes, gritters and any alterations, as well as making sure there were no problems with the fleet.

Buzz Ice Year and David Grittenborough are just two of their 37 gritters, including one Guided Busway gritter, which were on the roads from 7pm onwards across the county. The quad bike twins were also working on cycle routes in Cambridge City.

All vehicles travelled slowly with warning lights to easily identify them to all road users. No grit was used for the test run across the two nights.

Councillor Peter McDonald, Chairman of Cambridgeshire County Council’s Highways and Transport Committee, said: “Our gritters provide a vital service to help keep Cambridgeshire roads safe throughout the winter months. Our annual dry run is essential for our crews to get to grips with the routes across the county and also to ensure our gritters are at the top of their game ready for the long nights ahead.

“Last year our crews went out 53 times, with many of them working throughout the night and early hours of the mornings gritting the roads.

“As well as our roads we work hard to ensure our villages and rural areas are kept clear and safe and in doing this we are looking for any residents who want to help us with this.

“I’d like to encourage anyone who is interested in volunteering to help us grit Cambridgeshire during winter months, visit our website to find out how you and your community can get involved – www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/help-with-gritting/

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