Busy winter for gritters

Norfolk County Council carried out a record amount of gritting to keep Norfolk’s roads moving during one of the worst winters to have hit the county.

Over 41,000 tonnes of salt was used on Norfolk’s roads during 159 gritting actions, which see a number of gritters out across all of, or parts of, the county.

Based on a five-year average, the council usually carries out around 97 actions during the winter season.

The council treats 2080 miles in a three hour period every time the network is gritted, meaning that gritters covered 318,240 miles this winter in total - which is further than a journey to the moon.

Norfolk County Council carried out its first gritting run on October 27, with the last as recently as April 4.

As will be the case for many councils across the country, this record level of gritting is likely to cost the council around £5 million in total, which is significantly higher than the anticipated annual budget of £3.8 million.

Nick Tupper, Highways Maintenance Manager at Norfolk County Council, said: “This has been an unprecidented winter for us in terms of the amount of gritting we have had to carry out.

“The weather was at times so severe that we also had to call in additional resources and the support of farmers. We have also seen some Town and Parish Councils gritting footways in their areas.

“I want to thank everyone who has played a role in gritting this winter and also thank Norfolk residents for bearing with us during some really challenging weather.”