County transport officials launched their winter safety campaign yesterday with a plea for the public to look after each other during the months ahead.
Although the highest November temperature ever recorded in Britain was reached at the weekend, Norfolk County Council staff are getting ready to keep the county’s busiest roads open when conditions turn colder.
From today, the authority will be providing daily social media updates about whether its fleet of 51 gritting lorries are set to be called into action.
The council will also be offering safety advice via its Twitter and Facebook platforms, which it hopes residents will share with relatives, friends and neighbours who may need it.
Toby Coke, chairman of the county council’s environment, development and transport committee, said: “Last winter the weather was fairly kind to us in Norfolk, and we didn’t have any significant snowfall.
“Even so, our staff still completed 65 gritting runs when temperatures dropped close to or below freezing.
“While we’re hoping for a mild winter, we are well prepared to cope with wintry weather should it arise.
“Cold, icy conditions can make everyday life very difficult, particularly for older or vulnerable people, and the best way for everyone in Norfolk to get through the winter well is to be as well prepared as possible themselves and look out for one another.”
More than 2,000 miles of Norfolk’s roads – over a third of the county’s network – are on the county council’s regular gritting routes, while maintenance of the A47, A11 and A12 is the responsibility of Highways England.
The council also fills more than 1,800 grit bins across the county, which people can use on public pavements and roads.
For details of where the bins are and which roads will be gritted when the need arises, visit www.norfolk.gov.uk/gritting.