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NEW gritters 'ready' to clear roads in Cornwall

NEW gritters 'ready' to clear roads in Cornwall

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 7:00am 27th October 2019.

Work is underway to get Cornwall's roads ready for winter, with temperatures set to drop.

Cornwall Council's fleet of 28 gritter trucks are being readied for another season of keeping residents moving, no matter what the weather may bring. 

This season, there are 16 new lorries among the Cormac fleet, and they are all set and ready to get out spreading salt straight from the depots.  

There is also a new interactive map available to show which routes are set for treatment each day.

The crews are on 24-hour standby throughout the colder weather ready to respond to instructions at short notice.  

The gritters went out for the first time last autumn in late October, and a first frost could arrive at any time this year.   

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During the severe weather of the winter of 2017/18, gritting crews covered 75,000 miles of road - more than three times around the globe - and used around 14,000 tonnes of salt to help keep Cornwall's roads moving as freely as possible.

"Keeping Cornwall moving whatever the weather is essential for our economy, and we will be ready for action from now until the start of spring. 

"We're as ready as we can be for whatever winter might throw at us this year.

"Before you set out, check your vehicle, the road conditions and the weather forecast. If conditions are poor, and journeys are not essential, consider waiting until the weather gets better - this should improve journeys, and give our gritters a chance to treat the roads."

Councillor Geoff Brown

There are 25 gritting routes set out across Cornwall, covering the 20% of the road network that carries 80% of the total volume of traffic, and they include prioritising access to hospitals, secondary schools and bus stations.

Working with road sensors and weather experts, the crews aim to have roads gritted at least an hour before road temperatures reach freezing point. 

Following a significant investment in driver training, the teams are ready to get going on their dedicated routes.

"Our salt is already stockpiled and we're ready to go out across the roads in Cornwall at a moment's notice, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

"With our newer fleet, when its needed, we'll be ready to go out gritting in the early hours of the morning while most of us are asleep to make our journeys safer." 

Dominic Bostock, Cormac

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