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Winter is coming: Dozens of gritters take part in dry runs across Kent

PUBLISHED: 13:44 25 October 2017

Kent's gritters prepare for winter

Kent's gritters prepare for winter

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KCC grits over 2,500 miles of the county’s roads

Dozens of gritters took part in dry runs of routes across the county this morning (Wednesday) as the cold snap of winter begins to bite.

Some 60 gritters and five mini gritters warmed up their engines, allowing drivers old and new to familiarise themselves with the routes, ensure vehicles and their systems are working and pick up any issues.

They will now be on standby for when the temperatures plummet.

Kent County Council grits over 2,500 miles of Kent’s roads and has 53 primary salting routes covering 1,600 miles of road.

If icy conditions or snow is expected, KCC salts about a third of the county’s road network which includes the A and B roads, major strategic, other strategic and locally important roads – these are termed primary routes.

Cabinet member for environment and transport, Matthew Balfour, said: “It might seem early to be thinking about winter but freezing conditions can strike early and we’re fully prepared.

“We’re stocked up with 23,000 tonnes of salt, held in a network of depots across the county and our gritters are ready to be deployed should the temperatures plummet.

“Whilst we’re confident we’re prepared, I’d urge everyone to make sure they’re ready for the winter months.

“This includes checking over your car, particularly brakes, topping up anti-freeze and ensuring tyres are in the best condition for maximum safety.

“As ever, check the weather before travelling and make use of our salt bins to improve grip on roads and pavements.”

A common misconception at this time of year is that people are not allowed to salt the pavements, however council chiefs insist this is not true.

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