Gritting teams out in force again over weekend

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NOTTINGHAMSHIRE County Council says that its gritting teams will be out and about again over the weekend making sure major routes are salted.

With the county set for the first prolonged cold spell of the season – with forecasters warning of temperatures falling below freezing for three successive nights – gritters will be salting A and B roads and most major bus routes, accounting for around 43 per cent of Nottinghamshire’s roads.

Widespread frost is expected with icy patches forming in parts, especially in sheltered or untreated areas. Forecasters also say that a mixture of sleet and rain is possible at times but that no accumulations of snow are likely.

The County Council has the capacity to store a total of 22,000 tonnes of salt, with around 18,000 tonnes currently in stock -- already some 12,000 tonnes more than official government recommendations -- putting Nottinghamshire in a strong position for dealing with winter conditions.

The County Council has a fleet of 23 front line gritters, plus reserves and a team of dedicated drivers to deliver the gritting operation for this coming winter.

Residents can keep tabs on when the county’s roads are being gritted by signing up to the Council’s Gritter Twitter feed to receive the latest gritting alerts and help them plan their winter journeys.

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