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Cumbria council's gritters ready for action

The gritters are ready for action. Credit: Cumbria County Council

As the weather gets colder, and roads more slippery, Cumbria County Council has announced its gritters are ready for action.

Over the next few months they will be out on the county's roads, trying to make them safer for drivers.

It's a difficult task, and they will be treating areas of road equivalent to the distance between Penrith and Barcelona:

£3.7m
The budget set aside for winter roads maintenance
2,400km
Or 1,490 miles, is the distance of highway the council will routinely be treating.
24,000
Tonnes of salt stockpiled
33
Gritters are ready for action

The council says Priority One routes, including many of the county's main roads, are treated in fewer than three hours in freezing conditions.

Priority Two roads, including A, B and C roads, will be treated in five hours.

I know our winter maintenance service is greatly valued by the travelling public and the council remains committed to providing the best possible service, even at a time of unprecedented pressure on council budgets.

Dealing with severe winter conditions on a road network like Cumbria’s, with some of the highest terrain and most challenging conditions in the country, is a complex operation and once again we’re prepared for another busy winter ahead.

Our gritting teams play a vital role in keeping the county moving, often going out at night in extreme weather to ensure Cumbria stays connected.”

– Councillor Keith Little, Cumbria County Council