How Worcestershire's gritters travelled the equivalent of three times around the Earth this winter - The Evesham Observer

How Worcestershire's gritters travelled the equivalent of three times around the Earth this winter

Evesham Editorial 27th Apr, 2022   0

GRITTERS covered almost 70,000 miles across Worcestershire this winter as staff sought to keep the county open for business.

Since October, Worcestershire County Council has carried out 51 gritting runs, spreading 5,341 tonnes of salt, keeping roads moving and safe for motorists. This covered 69,972 miles in total, which is the equivalent of approximately three times around the circumference of our planet.

The council has now officially stood down its winter gritting team, following confirmation from weather forecasters that the risk of sub -zero road temperatures is over.

Jon Fraser, from Worcester County Council’s Highways team said, “Although it’s not been a particularly harsh winter, our teams from the County Council and our contractor Ringway have done a fantastic job during the season, including around the clock at times, to keep the roads safe for local motorists.




“The team has also supported numerous vaccination sites to ensure they could be accessed safely throughout the winter period.

“I’m extremely grateful to all those involved, who undertake winter duties in addition to their regular day job.


“I’m aware from feedback we receive, that everyone’s efforts are greatly appreciated by those who use the roads around the county.”

In addition to this, the winter season saw Worcestershire County Council welcome new gritters to the fleet, bringing the total to 36.

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