Summer may still be in the air, but Nottinghamshire County Council is already gearing up for winter as its gritting teams are gearing up for the months ahead.
The crews are on ‘low standby’ if temperatures dip below freezing in the coming weeks.
Although there are no signs of frost, ice or snow, nor is there any forecasts for such, county council teams at the depots are following usual procedure for this time of year and say they are ‘leaving nothing to chance’.
“Our planning for winter carries on all year round and we are confident that we are in a stronger position than ever to deal with winter,” said Coun Kevin Greaves, chairman of the transport and highways committee.
“Our preparations mean that we will be ready to act as soon as any bad weather arrives.
“Like most people we keep our fingers crossed and hope that the coming winter won’t be too severe, but we have to be realistic and plan for the worst,” added Coun Greaves.
“The County Council gives high priority to winter maintenance and we are determined to keep our county on the move this winter.”
By the time the crews are put on full-time alert as winter draws nearer, the council’s four salt barns will be full ready to be transported around the region’s roads.
Covering such a wide geographical location, there will be around 20,000 tonnes of much-needed grit, more than 12,000 more tonnes stockpiled than government recommendations
There are also six new gritting vehicles ready to join the fleet.