WINTER weather is on its way and residents across Mansfield and Ashfield are being urged to keep abreast of conditions on the roads via social networking site Twitter.
Nottinghamshire County Council launched its Gritter Twitter service in November 2010 and ever since has been using the social networking site to keep its followers informed of when the county’s roads are likely to be gritted.
The County Council’s Twitter feed has grown in popularity to such an extent that it recently clocked up its 4,000th follower and posted its 2,000th tweet.
Gritting is the most popular topic, but the Council also tweets events, council meetings and other news.
The Council grits A and B roads and major bus routes during the winter weather – accounting for about a third of the county’s road network -- and some additional routes during severe weather.
“In an age of social networking and 24-hour news, the Council recognises the need to give people ‘live’ information that will help them plan their journey,” said Coun Richard Jackson, the County Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport and Highways.
“Gritter Twitter has been a huge success for us and I hope that more people will sign up to it to receive the latest gritting alerts.”
People can sign up to follow Gritter Twitter by clicking here