Leicester

Grit stockpiled for Leicestershire's roads

Gritting lorry is filled with salt
Image caption There was unprecedented demand for salt last winter

About 15,000 tonnes of grit has been stockpiled to treat Leicestershire's roads this winter.

The amount is 25% more than was in storage at the same time in 2009, according to the county council.

However, the authority said it was prepared to order extra stocks if conditions are unusually icy.

About 16,500 tonnes of grit were needed on the county's roads last winter, when salt stocks across the country were rationed after supplies fell short.

Lesley Pendleton, cabinet member for environment and transport, said: "To make sure we're prepared, we always order early and took delivery of the first grit during scorching temperatures in June.

"Our gritters are geared up, ready to go out day and night to make our roads safe and accessible - last year, we were praised for our work which meant Leicestershire could keep moving.

"We keep an extremely close eye on the weather to ensure our roads are kept safe but would advise drivers to take extra care during difficult conditions. "

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