A successful, busy winter season comes to an end in Worcestershire

More than 5,000 tonnes of salt has been spread this winter covering almost 70,000 miles of roads in total across Worcestershire.

The gritting season has now come to end after starting, as it does each year, in October and with the risk of sub-zero temperatures being unlikely.

Worcestershire County Council has carried out 54 gritting runs, spreading 5,127 tonnes of salt, keeping Worcestershire’s roads moving and safe for motorists.  This covered 69,972 miles in total, which is the equivalent of approximately three times around the circumference of our planet.

The council has now officially stood down its winter gritting team, following confirmation from weather forecasters that the risk of sub -zero road temperatures is over.

Jon Fraser, from Worcestershire County Council’s Highways team said: “Although it’s not been a particularly harsh winter, our teams from the County Council and our contractor Ringway have had a busy time during the season, including working around the clock at times, to keep the roads safe for local motorists.

“I’m extremely grateful to all those involved, who undertake winter duties in addition to their regular day job. I’m aware from feedback we receive, that everyone’s efforts are greatly appreciated by those who use the roads around the county.”

Worcestershire County Council has six dedicated depots for the gritting fleet across the county and seven weather stations that are monitored remotely throughout the season.  

The County Council continues to expand its fleet of gritters and currently has a total to 36. The newer gritters are equipped with technology which allows them to be tracked live throughout gritting operations, improving safety for drivers and workers due to the vehicles’ improved technology, set-up and enhanced visibility.


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