Gritters Start Gearing up for winter
Telford & Wrekin Council’s gritting trucks will be preparing for winter this week but there is no need to expect icy weather just yet.
Keeping Telford moving and ensuring roads and neighbourhoods are safe in winter is a monumental task and Balfour Beatty, the Council’s highways contractor, will be carrying out a practice gritting run tomorrow (Tuesday, October 12) to ensure all teams are set for periods of cold weather and snow.
As part of winter preparations, the purpose-built salt store is filled with more than 3,000 tonnes as are the borough’s 700 grit bins and as well as roads, a number of bridges and footpaths across the borough are also gritted - supported by grounds maintenance contractor Idverde.
Gritters are mobilised when potential frost or ice is forecast. When out, the trucks grit more than 400km of roads, bus routes and access roads for emergency services, schools, industrial estates and villages - a network agreed with the community.
Cabinet Member for Neighbourhood, Commercial Services and Regeneration, Councillor Lee Carter said: “Gritting crews and their supervisors do great work that allows the rest of us to get where we are going safely and it’s not a job for the faint hearted.
“Our winter season runs from the end of October until April and officers will be regularly out at 2am in the morning checking our roads are safe and ready for the morning rush hour traffic.
“Whether you do it as a job or as a volunteer, thank you. You work all hours of the night AND the day to keep us all safe.”
Should a severe snow event occur, the council also works with farmers to ensure snow ploughs are ready and even smaller roads and footpaths in local estates and villages are salted by the borough’s volunteer Snow Wardens - volunteers who play an active role in their community when the weather takes a turn for the worst.
They help clear pavements and pathways of snow and ice in their local area – not only helping neighbours but also more vulnerable residents who can't help themselves.
If you would like to apply, visit the website here and for more information about preparing for winter, visit www.telford.gov.uk/winter