East Sussex County Council gritters embark on first outing

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AS TEMPERATURES fell on Sunday (November 27) night, East Sussex County Council’s fleet of gritters went out for their first gritting run of the season to prevent ice forming on the busiest roads in the county.

It is just one of the ways the council has been preparing for the possibility of severe weather in the coming weeks and months. As well working to keep the roads moving, staff will also be making sure essential services for older people are available and keeping people updated of any schools that are forced to close.

Some 10,000 tonnes of salt is ready for use this winter. When icy conditions are forecast, the fleet of 25 gritters salt more than 840 miles of the top priority roads with an extra 130 miles of secondary roads salted when snow is forecast. Every time the fleet of gritters goes out to salt the network of top priority roads it costs around £8,000.

Councillor Carl Maynard, Lead Cabinet Member for Economy, Transport and Environment, said: “We can’t guarantee that treated roads will always be completely clear as it takes time for the salt to become effective, and in very cold weather even salt won’t prevent roads from icing.”