With winter approaching Cambridgeshire County Council’s 37 strong gritter fleet and crews will be making sure it is ready with a trial run next week (Tuesday 24 October).
The salt domes and barns have already been filled with 10300 tonnes of rock salt ready for the winter season.
It is vital that the crews carry out a trial run to make sure the drivers re-familiarise themselves with the routes and any alterations and to make sure there are no problems.
All the vehicles will be on the roads from 7pm, including the quad bikes in Cambridge on the cycle routes. Although they will be travelling slowly and with warning lights no grit will be spread.
Last year crews went out 43 times and many of them were up through the night or early hours of the morning to make sure roads are treated.
Cambridgeshire County Council’s Chair of the Highways and Community Infrastructure Committee, Councillor Mathew Shuter said “Our gritter crews do a fantastic job in all weathers and even leave their families in the middle of Christmas to make sure our roads are gritted. As we edge closer to winter we want to make sure our crews are ready to go at a moment’s notice. These trial runs are really important as they allow the drivers to train for the routes they’ll be keeping clear over the next six months and provide any feedback. So please don’t be surprised if you see one out and about – it just means that once we have done the trial we’ll be ready for when the cold weather bites.”