Keep in touch with the gritter Twitter

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RESIDENTS keep up to date on the state of Warwickshire’s roads in winter weather through a new ‘Gritter Twitter’ site.

By following twitter.com/warksgritting motorists will receive the latest information on the gritting activity being carried out by Warwickshire Highways teams.

As and when winter weather arrives, highways teams will continue to work hard to keep the county’s roads clear.

Warwickshire Highways will be working to ensure the main roads are accessible. Details of these routes, and more information of the impact on county council services, is available on our website at www.warwickshire.gov.uk/snow

The focus on keeping the 1,760km primary routes as clear as possible and gritting other routes as resources became available.

Cllr Peter Butlin, Warwickshire County Council’s Portfolio Holder for Highways and Transport, said: “In the fast-moving digital age, the new Gritter Twitter is the best and most reliable way to get updates on Warwickshire’s roads during the winter.

“Our gritters cover thousands of miles to keep Warwickshire moving in wintery conditions to ensure that as many roads as possible remain clear and safe. Highways will use this new tool to make sure that everyone knows the latest weather forecast and when the gritters are heading out.

“May I remind motorists to please drive safely in wintry weather conditions. Please 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’s highway network extends a total of 3,820km (2,865 miles). It is not possible to treat the entire network due to narrow rural routes, densely parked residential streets and resource constraints.

At the start of the season, Warwickshire County Council stocked approximately 14,000 tonnes of salt ready for winter gritting. Warwickshire Highways grit 46 per cent of the county’s roads, which is higher than comparable local authorities.

In the event of snow, the www.warwickshire.gov.uk/snow will provide updates on gritting, school closures, social care disruption, library closures, household waste recycling centres and country parks.