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Gritters at the ready as town prepares for cold snap

meteogroup_logoPREPARATIONS are in place to ensure Middlesbrough is as prepared as it can be for the return of wintry weather.

Middlesbrough Council’s transport, environment and Streetscene teams are now receiving regular seasonal weather updates from the Meteo Group and operations will swing into action at the first sign of ice or snow.

Last year the teams used around 2,800 tonnes of road salt.

Already this year there are 3,800 tonnes in the barns at Cargo Fleet. As in previous years, further stocks will be available from Boulby if required.

The town’s fleet of six gritters is on stand-by, and extra salt bins will once again be deployed to ensure major routes are kept clear. Extra resources will also be made available to ensure town centre roads and pavements remain safe and passable.

Middlesbrough boasts one of the fastest gritting times in the country, with the team able to cover roads on the borough’s five gritting routes – a total distance of 180 miles – in just two hours.

Councillor Tracy Harvey, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Member for Environment, said: “Although last winter was milder than some in recent years, we are as ever prepared for the worst.

“We have the equipment, expertise and experience to keep our major routes clear and ensure the town centre remains open for business, whatever the weather.”

The popular winter weather feature will return to the home page of the Middlesbrough Council website throughout the worst of the cold snap, with regular updates on grit stocks, weather forecasts and road conditions.

For more information visit www.middlesbrough.gov.uk/winter or follow @MbroCouncil #mbrowinter on Twitter.

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