Hereford & Worcester

Worcestershire County Council stocks record grit levels

Record levels of grit have been stockpiled by Worcestershire County Council in readiness for winter.

It said 15,000 tonnes of grit was already in its depots and ready to be used.

Councillor John Smith said: "We've got more salt in stock than ever before to try and ensure we're not as reliant on deliveries throughout the season."

Worcestershire County Council operates 31 gritters along 800 miles of primary and secondary routes.

Mr Smith, cabinet member for Highways and Transport, said the council had stockpiled salt as a precaution due to the national shortages experienced last year.

Twelve of the authority's gritters also feature new equipment that sprays grit with a brine solution as it is applied to roads.

The council said the solution helped salt to work quicker and cut potential waste.

"We are better prepared than ever before but it's worth stressing that grit has never been, or never will be, a miracle fix," Mr Smith said.

The authority added that it would continue to use Twitter during bad weather to provide regular updates on the county roads.

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