County's gritting teams ready for action as temperatures set to fall below freezing tonight and this weekend
Nottinghamshire County Council’s gritting teams have already travelled the equivalent of 34 round trips from Notts to the Arctic circle this winter – and are due to add to this mileage by going out again tonight and over the weekend with road temperatures set to be below freezing.
Since the first gritting run of the season in November, our teams have been out 41 times, travelling more than 102,500 kilometres away to salt main routes and severe snow routes where necessary, which is the equivalent of 34 trips to the Arctic circle - more than 1,500 kilometres away - and back again.
Around 9,000 tonnes of salt have been used so far this winter – almost half of the county’s initial salt stocks. Salt barns are being fully restocked to bring them back to 20,000 capacity, which is well above the Government recommendation.
Salt is distributed from its four depots across the county – based at Markham Moor, Bilsthorpe, Newark and Gamston.
The data is monitored from Via East Midlands’ Newark depot. Via is managing highways services on behalf of Nottinghamshire County Council as they work in partnership on the ongoing annual winter planning preparations. The teams will continue to monitor the situation closely and look at weather forecasts.
The County Council and Via East Midlands continue to work with district and parish councils to ensure the maximum practical winter support can be provided to communities across the county.
In addition to salting roads, the County Council and Via East Midlands provide, maintain and fill around 1,380 roadside grit bins across the county for use by local communities.
In the event of bad weather, do you have a plan on how to get to work or your chosen destination? Be prepared and plan your route with our help, using the gritting routes shown on these online maps: www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/gritting
You can see more winter weather alerts and information by following our Twitter account www.twitter.com/nottscc