Nottingham

Nottinghamshire County Council launches gritter Twitter

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Image caption More than 200 tonnes of salt are used to treat the county's roads

Nottinghamshire County Council has announced it plans to use the social networking site Twitter to inform people when roads will be gritted.

Gritters were out last month on the county's roads for the first time since the winter weather earlier in the year.

It has now launched a 'Gritter Twitter' feed to provide updates.

The council grits A and B roads and major bus routes during the winter weather which accounts for about one third of the county's road network.

Some additional routes will also be salted during very severe weather, the council said.

More than 200 tonnes of salt are used to treat 1,800km of the county's road when snow or ice is a problem.

Councillor Richard Jackson, cabinet member for transport and highways, said: "During the cold weather last winter there were a number of calls to the council's customer service centre asking when the roads would be gritted.

"I hope that people will sign up to the council's Gritter Twitter feed to receive the latest gritting alerts.

''In an age of social networking and 24-hour news, the council recognises the need to give people 'live' information that will help them plan their journey."

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