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Gritters gear up for winter

Cumbria County Council's fleet of gritters Photo: ITV Border

Around 24,000 tonnes of salt have been stockpiled to help keep Cumbria's roads open this winter.

Cumbria County Council says £3.7m has been set aside to fund its winter maintenance operations and a 33-strong fleet of gritters is on standby to treat priority roads when the cold weather bites.

Gritters were in action over the weekend as the temperature dropped below zero.

“The council is well prepared for the coming winter and we will be keeping a close eye on weather and road conditions on a daily basis over the coming months.

"Our gritting teams are ready to treat key roads day and night in Cumbria to help keep drivers safe during adverse weather.”

– Cllr Keith Little, Cumbria County Council's cabinet member for highways and transport

The council’s gritting service operates 24/7. Priority 1 routes, which include many main roads across the county, are treated in less than three hours during freezing conditions. Priority 2 routes, which include A, B and C roads, will be treated in five hours.

Latest updates on which routes will be treated during periods of snow and frosty weather can be found online at cumbria.gov.uk/gritting or on Twitter via @CumbriaGritters