Gritters at the ready in Nottinghamshire

Nottinghamshire's gritting teams are out on the roads as we move into October.

The County Council has 12,000 tonnes of salt stocked up in preparation for the worst winter conditions.

Checking and refilling of the 1,300 roadside grit bins has already begun and deliveries of salt to parish councils are planned for November.

Garry Chadburn, Team Manager for Electrical and Environmental Maintenance for Via East Midlands, which is managing highways services on behalf of Nottinghamshire County Council, said:

Gritting facts and figures for Nottinghamshire:

  • The end of March is the last official day when the county's gritting teams are on full 24/7 standby but they remain on part-standby until mid-April when the danger of ice and frost is fully past.

  • In all, the County Council gritted on 69 days last winter, between October/November and April. It completed 71 runs on main routes and three runs on severe weather routes.

  • The County Council only salts A and B roads, heavily trafficked major roads and many main bus routes.

  • It only treats residential areas where they fall into the other categories - no council does as the priority is to keep the main road network open.