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Gritting ready for cold spell

07 December 2022

Cambridgeshire’s gritting crews will be out across the county this week, as temperatures are expected to plummet.

The Met Office has issued a level three cold weather alert from Wednesday evening until Monday, in most parts of England. Our fleet of gritters and quad bikes will be out on the roads every day from tonight (Wednesday) as road temperatures are also expected to drop, but not as low as the air temperature.

Buzz Ice Year and David Grittenborough are just two of our 37 gritters, including one Guided Busway gritter, which will be on the roads every evening across the county starting tonight. The quad bike twins will also be working on cycle routes in Cambridge City.

The salt domes and barns have already been filled with 10,000 tonnes of rock salt ready for the start of the cold season.

Councillor Neil Shailer, vice-chair of Cambridgeshire County Council’s Highways and Transport Committee, said: “Our gritters provide a vital service to help keep Cambridgeshire roads safe throughout the winter months.

“Last year our crews went out almost 50 times, with many of them working throughout the night and early hours of the mornings gritting the roads.

“As well as our roads we work hard to ensure our villages and rural areas are kept clear and safe and in doing this we are always looking for volunteers who want to help us – if you know anyone who is interested in volunteering to help us grit Cambridgeshire during winter months, visit our website to find out how you and your community can get involved.

“With this cold weather expected, please take extra care when travelling.”