Gritting lorries out as Preston temperatures to PLUMMET overnight

Posted on - 5th November, 2014 - 7:52pm | Author - | Posted in - Preston News, Preston weather, Roads, Transport
Gritting lorries at the Cuerden depot

Gritting lorries at the Cuerden depot

Major roads around and in Preston are to be treated by gritting crews on Wednesday night.


Temperatures are due to drop overnight into Thursday to just above freezing in the city – and in the suburbs and rural areas it will go below freezing.

Lancashire County Council’s fleet are due to be working across the night with more than 30,000 tonnes of salt at the ready to keep the city moving.

County Councillor John Fillis, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “We’re fully prepared for the winter weather and will once again be doing everything we can to keep Lancashire’s roads moving.

“We look after 4,300 miles of road, a third of which ar! e priority routes and are gritted first whenever a freeze is forecast.

“We also grit other secondary routes in snowy conditions. However, it’s impossible to grit every road.

“Just because a road has been gritted, it may not be clear of ice and people should take extra care and prepare ahead for their journeys in freezing weather.”

You can see where the gritting is taking place using the county council’s winter weather section gritting map.

Last winter the county council let Blog Preston ride side seat with them on their gritting lorries during the set up for winter.

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