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Search for creative names launched as seven new high-tech gritters ready to keep Norfolk’s roads safe this winter

21 October 2020

Seven new high-tech gritting vehicles will be helping keep Norfolk’s roads safe this winter, and Norfolk County Council has launched a competition to find seven creative names from Norfolk school children.

The seven new vehicles are being rolled out this winter as part of Norfolk County Council's plans to update and replace its fleet of gritters. Over the winter months Norse highways crews are available every day to grit 49 routes that cover more than 2,200 treated miles across Norfolk.

A call for names went out to Norfolk’s schools last week, asking for children aged 5 - 11 to come up with their best ideas over the half-term break. Teachers should submit their top three when term continues again using the online form.
 
The winning entries will be announced on Monday 9 November and be written on the new gritters along with the school it came from.

Cllr Martin Wilby, Cabinet Member for Highways and Infrastructure, said: “These new gritters will have a long road ahead of them, as our Highways teams do their vital job to keep people safe as the colder weather sets in throughout the following winter months.

“It’s important for us to stay up to date and use the latest technology to be as efficient as possible, which is why we’re making these replacements. But it’s also important that people drive to conditions and be more careful as the nights draw in and we start seeing ice in the mornings.”

People can stay safe by following the winter driving tips on the Norfolk County Council website: www.norfolk.gov.uk/NorfolkWinter

Jason Glasspoole, Operations Director at Norse Highways, said: “The new technology is more efficient at salt distribution and really does help to make road conditions safer during the winter season.

Our teams are ready for the job at hand and we’re looking forward to seeing the fun and creative names from our county’s school children.”

Through the new state of the art technology the salt spreading equipment can react faster to changing road layouts and conditions.

Every year when the weather gets cold, Norfolk County Council begins its Norfolk Winter information-sharing campaign, designed to help people in the county cope during the colder months.

Regular gritting updates and other useful advice are posted on Norfolk County Council's social media channels, using the #NorfolkWinter hashtag on Twitter and Facebook. Last year over 10,800 tonnes of salt was used to grit Norfolk’s roads.

People can check which roads are on the council’s gritting routes for the 2020/21 season on the map at www.norfolk.gov.uk/gritting. On the same map people can find the locations of grit bins which can be used by members of the public.

There are also around 1,900 grit bins in the county that are filled by the County Council and which people can use on public pavements, cycle paths and roads.

The new gritting vehicles will replace seven older vehicles in the fleet. The last time new vehicles were bought was in 2013.


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