Herts county council announce new gritting routes after breaking record last year

PUBLISHED: 16:10 24 September 2018 | UPDATED: 16:10 24 September 2018

A digger picks up some salt ready to load onto a gritting truck at the Corey's Mill Highways and Maintenance Department. Picture: Danny Loo.

A digger picks up some salt ready to load onto a gritting truck at the Corey's Mill Highways and Maintenance Department. Picture: Danny Loo.

Danny Loo Photography 2017

Herts county council has announced new gritting routes after last year broke the record for the number of call-outs.

Their fleet of 58 gritters will, when it is practical, grit roads to schools, care homes, doctor’s surgeries, key pharmacies and libraries, as well as all the county’s A and B roads, bus routes (including school bus routes), roads with a 10 per cent gradient or steeper and at least one route into every village.

Cabinet member for highways Phil Bibby said: “Last year was a record-breaker for our gritters, which went out 90 times across the winter. While they did a great job of keeping the main roads clear, we had a lot of comments from residents that the roads they really needed to use, for example to get their kids to school, weren’t on the gritting routes.

“We’ve listened to that, and while we’ll never be able to grit every road in the county, we’ve reviewed which roads our gritters do cover. These changes will help make sure that, for example, schools can stay open and people can still get access to health and social care when it snows.

“We don’t know how much, if any, snow and ice we’ll see this winter, but I’m confident our highways teams are ready and we will do everything we can to keep the county’s roads open and safe whatever the weather.”

The complete routes can be found at www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/salting

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