Highways teams geared up for winter

Gritter 1 - Cheshire East highways team

Cheshire East Council says its highways teams are fully prepared with a fleet of 21 new gritters that will be on standby around the clock.

The new gritters contain innovative technology to make them safer, more efficient and produce lower emissions.

Salt stocks have been replenished ready to treat Cheshire East's road network. Gritting routes are planned and include the high-level roads to the east of the borough, where snow and ice tend to have the most severe impact in extremely cold weather.

The gritting team will treat up to 1,200 kilometres (750 miles) of road when wintry conditions are forecast with the gritters, which feature location trackers enabling members of the public to track them live online, on standby 24 hours a day, seven days a week from October until the end of April.

Paul Traynor, head of highways at Cheshire East Council, said: "Our winter season can stretch over a six-month period, so it was vital that our gritters are ready and our salt stocks remain high.

"Winter weather can be extremely unpredictable, so we monitor the weather forecast closely to ensure that our gritting routes are treated at the right time. We also urge residents to take great care when driving or walking when it's icy or snowing.

"Although we treat nearly half of Cheshire East's road network, we cannot ensure that all roads will be completely clear of snow or ice, so please take care – especially on untreated roads."

Cheshire East's gritting vehicles can be tracked as they treat the network at: www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/highways.

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