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Gritters at the ready for winter
4:00pm Tuesday 15th October 2013 in News
GRITTING trucks are poised and ready for action if temperatures drop below freezing in west Cheshire.
Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWAC) has a fleet of 16 trucks to cover 620 miles of roads, which is 40 per cent of its road network.
The west of the council’s area is treated with salt direct from the Winsford Salt Mine while 6,000 tonnes of salt are stored at Chester for the east of the area.
Clr Lynn Riley, executive member for localities, said: “Gritters spread some 11,000 tonnes of salt over an average winter and salting is normally completed within four hours, usually before 7am.
“We always check with the Met Office for the latest weather conditions and our duty officers will mobilise the gritting fleets 24/7 when they are needed.
”Salting takes place when it is predicted that road surface temperatures are to drop below freezing, allowing time for the salt to be applied on the roads.
“Last year our fleet, based at Guilden Sutton and Winsford, went out more than a 100 times to ensure roads were safe to travel on.”
For more information on CWAC’s gritting routes, including routes treated and advice for driving in winter conditions, visit cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk/gritting.
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