Highways West Midlands buys new gritters

A NEW fleet of gritters is coming to Worcestershire this winter.

Highways West Midlands is sending 13 of the 252 new gritters it has bought to the county to help keep the roads moving as temperatures drop.

Together with the 252 new gritters, National Highways now an overall pool of more than 530 gritter vehicles ready to deploy across the network in sub-zero temperatures if needed.

These include 443 Volvo Romaquip gritting vehicles, all of which have been introduced since the start of the winter 2018 season.

The autumn and winter teams have a total stockpile of around 280,000 tonnes of salt across the network for the coming months, with salt mountains at 128 depots.

Andy Butterfield, customer service director for operations at National Highways, said: “We are delighted the rollout of our new state-of-the-art gritting vehicles is complete, with every machine in position and ready for the winter season ahead to help keep our road users safer on the roads, whatever weather conditions we face.

Malvern Gazette: READY: Inside one of the new grittersREADY: Inside one of the new gritters (Image: National Highways)

“The first of these gritters in this £44m two-year investment programme began operating on our roads last year and work has continued over recent months to complete the full set.

“It is testament to the work of our staff and partners to deliver this project ahead of schedule. It was initially going to take three years for the rollout to be completed.

“It demonstrates excellent collaboration, hard work and a committed and determined focus to deliver every vehicle in time for the 2022 winter period.

“We now have a total of around 530 vehicles ready to be deployed and all of them will play their part in helping our autumn and winter operations team, including our drivers, to carry out their vital work over the next few months to treat the road surfaces whenever and wherever it is needed.”

The 13 new gritters will be used across Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Warwickshire and North Staffordshire.

National Highways has lots of advice on its website around travelling in severe weather conditions, including high winds and gales, fog, rain and snow and ice. 

This can be found at the National Highways website.

Weather forecasts and information can be found on the Met Office website.