Highways England upgrades gritter fleet
Highways England has increased the size of its fleet of gritters to help keep motorways and major A roads clear of snow this winter.
The 93 new gritters boost the total size of the fleet to 535 overall. They are intended to operate out of 127 depots spread out across the road network to spread salt from the company’s 280,000-ton reserves. A further 23 snow blowers that can clear 2,500 tonnes of snow per hour will support them, and a network of 250 weather stations will be used to help monitor conditions near 4,400 miles of motorways and A roads.
Commenting, Highways England’s winter fleet manager Jane Wilkins said: “The latest vehicles contain innovative technology which includes being able to pre-programme the gritters with information specific to each gritting route. This enables salt to be spread onto the road automatically, considering any specific requirements for bridges, landscape and other road features.
“When the wintry weather does arrive, our 1,300 specially trained gritter drivers will be ready to work around the clock to keep traffic moving.”
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