Snow drifts across the county in one of the coldest winters in years. Gritter out on the roads

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Council officials say they are ready to tackle the worst winter can bring as temperatures plunged overnight across Lichfield and Burntwood.

More than 20,000 tonnes of salt have been stockpiled by Staffordshire County Council.

The authority has also appointed a team to decide where and when to send out workers to keep roads clear.

On routine winter days and nights gritters will be focusing on the major routes and extending to the wider network in prolonged ice and snow conditions.

Staffordshire County Council’s highways lead, Cllr Helen Fisher, said: “Over the last few weeks highways teams have been putting the 40-plus army of gritters through their paces to ensure they are ready to go when the bad weather hits.

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“While it is still only October, winter has already started for our teams, with the first crews out overnight on our primary network.

“Last season was quite mild compared to some of the winters we have had, but we are always prepared for the worst. On a typical winter’s day we will be out largely on key A and B roads, but in prolonged ice or snow we will be pulling out all the stops to treat less major routes across the network.

“Of course, every winter is a partnership effort. Our crews play their part, our communities do theirs by clearing local paths and we ask all drivers to play theirs as well.

“Regardless of whether a road has been gritted, motorists need to slow down, take extra care and allow  more time for their journeys, as the most important thing is that we all get through winter safely.”

Ross

Founder of Lichfield Live and editor of the site.