Hertfordshire road gritters take a break

PUBLISHED: 15:47 15 April 2016 | UPDATED: 15:47 15 April 2016

Gritter truck

Gritter truck


The unusually mild gritting season has come to an end, and Hertfordshire County Council’s winter crews have been released from night duty.

The gritting crews, which were provided by the council’s highways maintenance contractor Ringway, have carried out 39 separate countrywide salting trips since October 2015, compared to 60 last winter.

They have spread around 9,000 tonnes of salt to help make icy roads safer around Hertfordshire.

Gritter drivers have been on call for night-time gritting throughout winter, sometimes being called to carry out two 60-mile visits in the same night.

Back at the depot, the driver unloads, weighs and logs any leftover salt and then cleans the truck to prevent rust.

The crews will now be concentrating on road maintenance and repairs, mainly in the daytime.

Derek Twigg, the council’s lead officer for winter operations, said: “Getting Hertfordshire through a British winter means being prepared for everything, from light frost to heavy snowstorms and thick ice.

“While this winter felt relatively mild compared to previous years, our crews were still on constant standby and out working many nights because of very low temperatures.

“We are proud of the great work our crews do each year to help minimise the impact of icy conditions and keep people as safe as possible on our roads.”

Of the 64 gritting trucks, 13 are ‘multi-purpose’ and can be adapted for other routine highway work. The other 51 will now be used for laying sand on spillages, rust protection treatment and overhaul.

The new winter season will start on October 1.

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