Nottinghamshire County Council gritters ready to keep Mansfield and Ashfield moving

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Nottinghamshire County Council gritting teams were out overnight and are on standby again tonight to help keep the county on the move.

The council decided to grit major roads at 2am in the morning with all key routes gritted by 5.30am. The decision on when to grit was made more challenging with rain falling before and after the gritting took place.

Another cold night is being forecast tonight so the Highways team are anticipating another run tonight.

The last time that the county council’s gritting teams were out in April was in the 2007-2008 season when the gritters went out on eight occasions. Last year, the last date gritters went out was on March 18.

Over winter the County Council used a total of 16,000 tonnes keeping Nottinghamshire’s roads clear during the worst of the weather and took delivery of 16,100 tonnes, giving it a new current stock level of 17,600 tonnes.

The Council began the season with a salt stock at its highways depots of 17,500 tonnes, meaning that it now has enough salt in stock to put it in prime position and ready to cope with next winter.

The return to cooler weather comes just as the gritting crews were preparing to make their annual shift from winter maintenance duties to warmer weather tasks like grass cutting and spraying.