How do you know summer’s nearly over? Lincolnshire gritters prepare for new season

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The sun may still be shining, but gritters in Lincolnshire are already making preparations for the winter season

Lincolnshire’s gritters will again be on call 24/7 between October and April and Lincolnshire County Council is stockpiling around 35,000 tonnes of salt.

When the temperatures drop they will treat every A and B road in the county – nearly 2,000 miles of highway.

Over the next few weeks, the drivers will be test-driving their vehicles before going out on a full practice run at the end of September.

Councillor Richard Davies, executive member for highways, said: “Our team make every effort to keep major roads clear for those who need to use them.

“That often means getting out on the roads in the early hours of the morning when the rest of us are still in bed.

“While it’s impossible for us to grit every road, we aim to provide a safe route to and from every town and village.

“We have a fleet of 43 gritters, including four of the biggest and most-advanced snow-clearing vehicles in the country.

“And we’ve recently invested in a brand new salt barn at Horncastle, meaning we’re better prepared than ever before.”