Grit news for bad weather
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Highways England has acquired a fleet of new gritters to help combat bad weather and keep the roads moving.
More than 190 new gritters will arrive in the UK over the next two years as part of a £30 million replacement programme. It is hoped they will help Highways England keep roads open in the event of severe weather, such as the ‘Beast from the East’ that caused widespread disruption in the UK last year.
The new vehicles are more technologically advanced with a new boxier shape designed to prevent collisions between gritters and other vehicles on the road.
Highways England’s winter fleet manager Jane Wilkins said: “Safety is our top priority and we are always looking at ways we can improve our winter resilience.
“Using the research carried out by Transport Research Laboratory and our own data, we have looked carefully at the number of incidents involving gritters to see what more can be done to improve safety and the service we provide.
“The roll out of this £30 million programme started this years with 34 new vehicles in East Anglia. The remainder of the 157 vehicles will be replaced over the next two years.”