GRITTING crews from Nottinghamshire County Council travelled the distance from Nottingham to the South Pole last weekend, keeping the county’s roads salted.
Crews took to Nottinghamshire’s roads a total of 10 times between 7pm last Friday evening and 5am on Monday morning – making sure the county’s main routes remained passable with care.
The Council salts more than 950 miles of highway on each gritting run – making a total of 9,500 miles for last weekend.
From Nottingham to the South Pole is 9,870 miles – but if you add on the county’s snow routes which were salted three times last weekend, alongside the normal routes, then the Notts mileage comfortably tops the distance to the underside of the Earth.
Temperatures there are currently minus 33C with a wind chill of minus 51C!
With the county suffering its first major snowfall of the season last weekend, the gritters covered A and B roads, main bus routes and snow routes – accounting for around two-thirds of Nottinghamshire’s roads.
The gritting teams completed two runs during daylight hours on Saturday before the snow even started, spreading a layer of salt at a rate of 20gms per square metre each time.
They were out again at 6pm and carried out two more runs overnight and into Sunday morning. Daytime teams then took over, hitting the roads again at 7am on Sunday morning. A further salting run took place overnight from Sunday into Monday.
For the first time this season the County Council’s gritting lorries were equipped with snow ploughs and extra staff were brought in to cope.
Last weekend’s operations used up around 1,000 tonnes of salt but the county has plenty in reserve to cope with any further snow. The County Council’s salt stock currently stands at 15,700 tonnes with a further 1,750 tonnes expected to be delivered shortly.