Essex has Winter ‘Salted’

Communities / Mon 11th Nov 2013 at 01:59pm


ESSEX is ready for the start of the winter season, with 15,000 tonnes of salt available and a fleet of 63 gritting lorries on standby around the clock.

Essex County Council is required to focus its gritting resources on keeping major roads clear, so it operates a precautionary salting network. This includes all ‘A’ and ‘B’ roads, access routes for emergency services, rural link roads and major public transport routes.

This year residents can keep up to speed with the Essex gritting lorries online, thanks to a live tracking system. Each gritter has been fitted with a GPS tracker, which allows their movements to be tracked in real-time via a map available at www.essex.gov.uk/highways making it easier for residents to find out when the gritters are out, and which roads have been salted.

A host of other winter related information is also available at www.essex.gov.uk/winter, including advice on safe driving, vehicle preparation and clearing snow from pavements and driveways.

County Councillor Rodney L Bass, Cabinet Member for Highways & Transportation said, ‘Keeping our roads safe throughout winter is always one of our top priorities. We have 15,000 tonnes of salt available in our depots and 63 gritting vehicles on standby, so we are ready to deal with severe weather if it arrives. Our winter salt bag partnership is back this year to assist local communities, and residents can keep up to speed with live tracking and Twitter alerts.’

He continued, ‘Salt is, however, no panacea. In difficult winter weather conditions everyone should exercise greater care. Motorists should slow down, allow more time for journeys, ensure that their vehicles are properly equipped for winter driving and leave longer distances between their vehicles and the one in front.’

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