Roads across Lichfield and Burntwood will be monitored around the clock as the winter officially arrives.

Two teams of 60 Staffordshire County Council drivers will be braced to brave the cold weather at a moment’s notice to combat freezing temperatures and keep roads gritted from Monday (October 18).

And salt stocks have been doubled after last year’s national shortage.

County Councillor Mike Maryon, Cabinet member for Highways, said:

“The gritting crews did an amazing job under incredibly difficult conditions last year when we suffered long periods of freezing weather conditions. The team has pulled out all the stops over the last few months to make sure that the equipment is in full working order and ready to face another tough winter.

“More than 100 drivers will be on call around the clock during the winter season, routinely starting work at 4.30am, to make sure that our roads are as safe as possible. Their hard work and dedication is a testament to themselves, the county council and to the people of Staffordshire.”

The highways crews have already been busy testing the gritters, snow ploughs, loading shovels and weather stations to make sure they are in full working order.

Last year was the coldest winter for more than 30 years and Staffordshire’s operations were hampered by a national salt shortage. But this winter stocks have been doubled to 30,000 tonnes – enough for 20 days of continuous gritting.

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