Gritters working around the clock to keep roads clear

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MORE than 4,000 tonnes of grit have been used on the roads in and around Rugby to try and keep them clear during the wintery weather.

So far this winter gritters from Warwickshire County Council’s (WCC) highways departments have been out on the road on 24 occasions spreading more than 4,000 tones of grit, which is more than the normal average number for this time of year.

Cllr Alan Cockburn, portfolio holder for environment and economy at WCC, said: “The cold snap has kept us very busy for the past month, and the Met Office is predicting the freezing temperatures to continue for some time to come.

“County highways have responded exceptionally well to the pressures of coping with this severe weather spell and have worked tirelessly to ensure all the roads on our primary gritted routes have remained clear and safe throughout.

“We must also spare a thought for their families, whose support is so vital at this time of year, because if the bad weather continues through the festive period the drivers will be called out to work over the Christmas and New Year holidays.”

Cllr Cockburn added: “I must also ask everyone to please drive safely in wintry weather conditions. Make sure everything is working correctly on the car before you set off, take care at all times on the roads and adjust your driving as necessary.”

Warwickshire County Council’s County Highways team grits 1,700km - which equals 46 per cent of the county’s road network.

During cold weather it has 29 vehicles out gritting the roads and keeps drivers on round-the-clock standby from the end of October until the end of March.

The county council is also appealing for volunteers to come forward to join its voluntary snow warden scheme to help cope with the winter weather.

The scheme launched last month and WCC is in the process of recruiting a network of more than 200 snow wardens who will provide information to the highways team on local situations.

For more information call (01926) 412515 or visit www.warwickshire.gov.uk/snow for updates.