Drop the paper hat and grab the salt shovel
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