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Brrrr! It's time for the gritting trucks to hit the roads tonight

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Tonight (Tuesday) could see the first gritting run of the season for Norfolk's fleet of trucks.

With temperatures forecast to fall below zero, the 48 trucks - including seven brand-new vehicles - look set to be required.

Cllr Martin Wilby, Norfolk County Council cabinet member for highways, infrastructure and transport, said: “It’s a huge undertaking keeping a big rural county like Norfolk moving each winter but highway teams are well prepared for the first run later today."

The new gritting trucks among Norfolk County Council's fleet of 48 (42976134)
The new gritting trucks among Norfolk County Council's fleet of 48 (42976134)

Each full gritting run in Norfolk sees 2,200 miles of road treated. All A and B-class roads and some C-class roads are treated with a focus on commuter and major bus routes and, as far as is possible, one route into all villages.

Mr Wilby added: “We can all do our bit to help keep safe by always driving to conditions particularly over the coming months whether it’s wet, icy or snowy.

“I’d urge people to keep an eye on our social media channels over the winter not just for updates on when we’re gritting, but also information to help people in the county cope during the colder months. Look for our #NorfolkWinter hashtag on Twitter and Facebook.”

People can check which roads are on the council’s gritting routes for the 2020/21 season on the map at www.norfolk.gov.uk/gritting.

On the same map people can find the locations of around 1,900 grit bins in the county that are filled by the county council and which people can use on public pavements, cycle paths and roads.

The winners of a competition for Norfolk schoolchildren to choose names for the seven new gritters are set to be announced next week.

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