Twice around the world for Somerset gritters

Friday 20th May 2022 2:00 pm
The county's gritters are out in action tonight.

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SOMERSET County Council’s gritting teams have packed up for the season after travelling

the equivalent of nearly two times around the world this winter.

The fleet of 23 gritters were needed on 59 occasions when freezing temperatures were

forecast, treating around 900 miles of road each time to help prevent ice forming, with

1,181 route actions in total.

The team covered 45,000 miles during the 2021/22 season, with the lowest road temperature

recorded at -5.3 degrees in the Exmoor region on January 20.

During the season, more than 5,200 tonnes of salt was used – with additional salt ordered

to maintain stock levels.

The season was extended by one week due to recent unseasonably cold weather.

Furthermore, three weather stations were replaced as the council continues to invest in infrastructure to support more accurate weather forecasting and decision-making.

In addition, the council invested in four new snow blowers and 20 snow ploughs to replace

its oldest inventory.

Interim economic and community infrastructure deputy director at Somerset County Council, David Carter, said: “Season after season, our gritting teams work around the clock to ensure our road network is safe. Our 100-plus team are a cohesive unit and constantly deliver in going to the extra mile to ensure people can travel safely – especially for essential journeys for our key workers and emergency services.

“I’d like to thank them on a job well done.”


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