Drop the pa­per hat and grab the salt shovel

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Remember When? - by Alas­tair Irvine airvine@thek­m­group.co.uk

FOR most peo­ple, Christ­mas Day is a time to sit down and en­joy a meal with their fam­i­lies, but for Chris Court from Ash­ford, the turkey has to wait if there’s a call out to salt Kent’s roads.

Chris is a su­per­vi­sor for Kent High­way Ser­vices and a mem­ber of the salt­ing team who’ll be on call over Christ­mas to keep the county’s roads as safe as pos­si­ble in the event of ice or snow. Kent High­way Ser­vices uses detailed fore­cast tech­nol­ogy to plan its salt­ing ac­tiv­ity, so that crews know when they’re go­ing out on a salt run.

But when bad weather hits crews need to be on stand-by.

For Chris and other mem­bers of the team that can mean leav­ing the Christ­mas din­ner ta­ble.

He said: “I’ve been sit­ting with my pa­per hat on be­fore now about to en­joy my first mouth­ful of turkey when the call has come through to go out on a run.

“The good thing is that the roads are gen­er­ally quiet on Christ­mas Day, so we can get the job done quickly without both­er­ing other road users.

“The worst time to do a run is on New Year’s Eve.

“I see peo­ple out and about hav­ing fun while I’m lis­ten­ing to Big Ben’s chimes in the cab of my salt­ing lorry.”

Chris Court, who is on call over the Christ­mas hol­i­day

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