Gritting crews out as first frosts arrive in Preston

Posted on - 28th October, 2019 - 8:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Preston News, Preston weather, Roads, Transport
Gritting lorries at the Cuerden depot
Gritting lorries at the Cuerden depot

Gritting teams will be in action again tonight after treating Preston roads for the first time this winter at the weekend. 


Lancashire County Council’s gritters will be out on selected priority routes in the area, with weather predictions of frost/ice, and temperatures reaching around freezing.

You can see exactly which priority routes will be gritted on the county council’s gritting map.

County Councillor Keith Iddon, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “We have around 29,000 tonnes of grit in stock for the coming winter and our highways teams have been busy preparing over recent weeks, ensuring the gritters are serviced and ready, and the grit bins are full. 

“The first frost of the season is a good reminder to all of us to make sure that we’re prepared – whether that’s checking your vehicle by stocking up on screen wash and de-icer, or buying salt from a DIY store to treat any paths around your home. 

“We have over 2,600 grit bins and salt heaps across the county, and I’d ask people to make use of them to keep the roads safe, but to use the grit sparingly and responsibly – a little should go a long way. Please also remember that it’s for use on the roads, not private paths or driveways, as this can mean there’s none left when it’s really needed.” 

Lancashire County Council has a fleet of 45 frontline gritters that can treat the 1,800 miles of the county council’s priority road network within around four hours, although it may take longer in severe conditions. 

Find out more about gritting in Lancashire, and what you can do to prepare for winter on the county council’s winter webpage.

You can keep up to date with the roads by joining Preston’s traffic and travel Facebook group.

Read more: Work officially begins on Preston Western Distributor road scheme

Are you ready for winter? Let us know in the comments below.

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