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Cornwall's gritters to head out for first time this winter

Cornwall's gritters to head out for first time this winter

Published by Emma Carton at 1:27pm 7th November 2019. (Updated at 2:37pm 7th November 2019)

The gritters are going out across the whole of Cornwall for the first time this winter.

Road temperatures are expected to fall to zero or below on Thursday night.

They will be salting all routes at 8pm, from Land's End in the west to Saltash in the east.

It comes after a freak hail storm turned the A30 around Chiverton Cross into an ice rink.

What is the forecast and which roads will be gritted?

The minimum road surface temperatures for Thursday night are:

  • West domain 2.1C
  • Central domain 0.2C
  • North East domain 0.0C
  • South East domain 0.7C

The routes being gritted on Thursday night are:

  • West domain: Area from Land's End up to and including Falmouth/Redruth
  • Central domain: Area from Porthtowan/Perranarworthal in the west up to and including Wadebridge/Bodmin/Fowey in the east.
  • North East domain: Area including the north coast from Camelford/Tintagel and Bodmin Moor to the county boundary from Bude to Gunnislake.
  • South East domain: Approximately 15km wide south coast strip, including Liskeard - from Polruan to the county boundary.

Pirate FM told you how an extra 16 gritters have been added to the Cormac fleet, ready for winter 2019: Read more.

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.

They include prioritising access to hospitals, secondary schools and bus stations.

"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

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

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