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Transport for Buckinghamshire gets the gritters ready for winter

| October 13, 2016
Gritters ready to go - The High Wycombe fleet ready for action.

Gritters ready to go – The High Wycombe fleet ready for action.

Transport for Buckinghamshire (TfB) is carrying out final preparations in readiness for the winter season.

The fleet of gritters has been serviced, the salt barns are fully stocked and TfB are ready to go!

Using tracking technology each of the 25 gritters can be tracked, by name, online so anyone can see where it is working at any particular moment.

The gritters have access to 10,500 tonnes of salt which is held in salt barns located across the county. Each full precautionary gritting run, which covers 1,405 km (44%) of the road network uses approximately 80 tonnes of salt.

The salt was ordered back in the summer to ensure TfB maximised the advantages of salt availability and protection from expected price increases.

Decisions on whether to deploy the gritters are made using information communicated from local weather stations and specialist weather forecasting providers. Information consists of predicted weather conditions and road surface temperatures. Crews will be mobilised to carry out precautionary salting runs when the information received predicts the risk of ice forming. Many other facts are daily taken into consideration which may result in variable degrees of gritting across the county.

Once a decision has been made about whether or not to treat the roads TfB will update its website daily and use @tfbalerts Twitter feed to keep people informed.

Mark Shaw, Buckinghamshire County Council Cabinet Member for Transport, said: ‘Keeping our roads safe is important at all times of the year, but especially when weather conditions are against us.

Having the right equipment, fully trained staff and fully stocked salt barns will help keep our roads safe this winter.

Further information on the TfB winter service, including advice on travelling safely during winter, can be found on the TfB website at http://www.buckscc.gov.uk/transport/were-working-on-it/winter-maintenance/.

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