Gritters and 10,000 tonnes of salt ready for winter in East Sussex

Ten thousand tonnes of salt and 24 gritter lorries are ready for action in East Sussex if needed in the event of severe weather over winter.

Each time the fleet of gritters goes out to salt 840 miles of top priority roads it costs about £8,000. There are also 130 miles of secondary roads to be salted when snow is forecast.

East Sussex County Council’s lead member for economy, transport and environment, Cllr Carl Maynard, said: “All of our gritters have been serviced over the summer months and we have contacted all of the farmers who help us in the event of snow.

“Our gritters have already been out five times so far this season. This follows our ‘Operation Snow Drop’ that involves sending them out on their gritting routes to ensure both our drivers and the gritters are ready for the winter ahead.

“The last of our salt deliveries have come in this week which tops up our stockpiles to 10,000 tonnes, our normal starting stock.”

Cllr Maynard said the council couldn’t guarantee treated roads would always be completely ice-free as it took time for the salt to become effective and in very cold weather even salt wouldn’t protect roads from icing.

He added: “The highways contact centre will be able to provide information and advice to our customers during times of extreme weather but please be aware that we will be experiencing a very high level of calls, so there will be an increased waiting time.

“Please keep checking the website and follow us on twitter and facebook as other ways of getting information.”

Information about which roads are on the council’s gritting routes can be found here.

News of school closures or whether day care centres, libraries or other council services are affected by winter weather can be found here.

The council’s Twitter accounts are @EastSussexCC and @esccroads.

 

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