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November Marks The Annual Start Of Nightshifts For Notts Gritting Teams

1st November 2016
Mansfield, Ashfield, Sherwood

November Marks The Annual Start Of Nightshifts For Notts Gritting Teams 

This week sees the traditional annual introduction of nightshifts for Nottinghamshire’s gritting teams as we enter November. The teams have been on 24/7 standby since October 1 as usual, with the low-risk of severe weather. But as we move closer to the winter period and the potential for severe weather increases, the seasonal team moves onto nightshift and the additional standby gritting drivers prepare for action 24/7 as and when they will be needed.

This annual arrangement will remain in place until the end of March next year or later if necessary – depending on the weather. Nottinghamshire County Council’s four salt barns are already full to the brim, giving it 12,000 tonnes more salt stockpiled than official government recommendations, putting Nottinghamshire in a strong position for dealing with the worst winter conditions. 

Operations will continue to take place from the four depots countywide. Overall, the council has the capacity to store around 20,000 tonnes of salt – some 18,000 tonnes of it under cover. Checking and refilling of the 1,300 roadside grit bins has already begun and deliveries of salt to parish councils are planned for November. · 

There are 31 gritting lorries in the fleet, two gritting tractor units and two towable gritting units which can be used in severe weather – tracked by GPS technology. · The county council’s Gritter Twitter social media feed will once again be used to promote the daily gritting decision to all interested stakeholders. 

Garry Chadburn, Team Manager for Electrical and Environmental Maintenance for Via East Midlands, which is managing highways services on behalf of Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “Our gritting teams have already been on standby during October. This week, the seasonal team goes onto nightshift and we engage the additional standby drivers, still maintaining 24/7 coverage - so we are poised and ready to treat our gritting routes as and when it is needed.”


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