Keep an eye on road gritters on East Sussex County Council’s website

Snow February 2012.''Ripe Village
Snow February 2012.''Ripe Village
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Road users will be able to see which streets have been gritted during wintry weather, thanks to new technology.

They will be able to see the gritters’ movements in real time on East Sussex County Council’s website.

Council head of highways Roger Williams said: “This is a great addition to our website.

“We are often asked where and when we grit and now people can see for themselves.

“The real time gritter feed will keep people informed of which roads have been treated in the event of snow and ice and is another useful tool to enable us to communicate with the public.”

The East Sussex Highways Twitter account @esccroads has already proved a hit with motorists and has more than 5,500 followers.

Roger added: “Twitter has been extremely successful in allowing us to answer queries, give regular updates and receive information about problems on our roads.”

The information, collected by electronic tracker devices on each of the 24 gritters, is already fed back to the control hub at the Ringmer Depot to enable the highways team to plan and monitor gritting.

Information about why and when roads are gritted, which roads are prioritised and what residents can do to stay safe during severe weather is available at www.eastsussex.gov.uk/coldsnap

Roger said: “Every year we ask people to take responsibility and be prepared for severe weather.

“We are confident that the amount of information we share will help them to do this.”