Gritters gearing up for winter weather

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Gritter drivers at Derbyshire County Council are gearing up for a busy week ahead as winter weather sets in.

With freezing temperatures forecast and the possibility of some snow on higher ground in the days ahead, gritter drivers will be on standby around the clock to help keep the county’s roads clear.

Councillor Dean Jones, Derbyshire County Council’s cabinet member for jobs, economy and transport, said: “We know severe winter weather has a massive knock-on effect for the Derbyshire economy.

“Problems on the roads can lead to supplies arriving late, deliveries to customers not being made and staff being unable to get to work because of travel difficulties or childcare issues when schools close.

“That’s bad news for business – particularly small businesses. But local people can rest assured that we’ll be doing all we can to keep roads clear.”

He added: “By providing 24 hour cover, we can respond to weather conditions as and when needed using our fleet of specialist gritters.

“We treat around 1,555 miles of roads - that’s around half the roads we look after which is more than most councils.

“And we’ve also got 53 farmers and other contractors lined up to clear snow from roads which aren’t on our gritting routes.

“We’ve also got 96 town and parish councils signed up to help clear snow from paths and pavements in their communities as part of our snow wardens scheme. And six district and borough councils will also be clearing pavements in town centres to make it easier for people to get about.”