Gritters take a summer break

Published: 02 May 2019

Hertfordshire’s gritting crews have parked up their vehicles for the summer as the winter season officially ended on 30 April.

Since 1 October the county’s gritters have been on standby, ready to spring into action and salt the county’s roads when freezing weather approaches. This year they have been out 42 times, spreading over 10,000 tonnes of salt on the county’s roads to help keep the roads safe in freezing weather.

In total Hertfordshire’s fleet of 58 gritters has covered over 65,000 miles, equivalent to more than twice round the Earth.

Mark Kemp, Director of Environment and Infrastructure, said: “While we had a relatively mild winter this year, our gritter crews were still out working at night in freezing temperatures to keep road users safe. We are proud of the great work our crews do each year to help keep Hertfordshire moving safely whatever the weather.”

This was the first year for the county council’s new gritting routes, which were reviewed to include roads to schools, care homes, doctor’s surgeries, key pharmacies and libraries, as well as all the county’s A and B roads, bus routes (including school bus routes), roads with a 10% gradient or steeper and at least one route into every village.

To see a map of all the routes we salt visit and select ‘Winter gritting routes’ from the 'Driver Information' menu.

We also supply salt to schools if they request it, to help them stay open during icy weather. We will also supply district, borough and parish and town councils on request so they can use their local knowledge to identify exactly where best to use the salt during severe weather.

Community groups and residents associations can also access free gritting salt and last year some 230 local groups took advantage of this.

Hertfordshire’s gritters will be back on standby from 1 October ahead of next winter.