Council invests in winter maintenance

12 November 2019

Nottinghamshire County Council is doing its ‘grit’ this winter by investing further in winter maintenance.

A vehicle tracking system for our 30 gritting lorries and a new weather station to assist forecasters with decision making are two of the additions for 2019/20 which were announced at the Communities and Place Committee on 7 November.

Gritting lorries are currently fitted with GPS tracking to monitor the location of each vehicle while out on the roads, and the new system will include real-time ‘in-cab’ route guidance.

The new technology will allow the county’s 32 gritting drivers to complete routes they may be unfamiliar with while monitoring performance more closely.

This years’ service improvements also include the installation of a weather station in Mapperley Plains to provide data on weather in the Gedling area. Data from nine weather station forecasts will be used when gritting across the county, and the new station in Mapperley will improve communication with Gedling Borough Council during times of severe winter weather.

Councillor John Cottee, Chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council’s Communities and Place Committee, said:

“Winter maintenance is a high priority for us.  In Spring each year, we review our performance over the previous winter and consider how we can further improve and develop the service.  We have upgraded existing systems and introduced new technology to support our dedicated gritting teams, all of which should help to keep Nottinghamshire moving.  

"We are well prepared for this winter and have over 17,600 tonnes of grit stocked across our depots at Bilsthorpe, Gamston, Markham Moor and Newark. Our teams are now on full-time 24-hour standby and will be out across Nottinghamshire’s 23 gritting routes throughout the winter period.”

For more information on gritting and to find gritting routes near you, visit our winter weather and disruption page on our website: https://www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/planning-and-environment/emergencies-and-disruption/winter-weather

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