Salt lor­ries out in force to keep roads safe and clear

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

COUNTY road chiefs say they are con­fi­dent that they have enough salt in stock to keep Kent’s roads clear dur­ing the cold snap.

Kent County Coun­cil says it has sent out grit­ting lor­ries twice a day since the week­end to en­sure the main routes across the county are kept clear and safe.

It says it has enough in store to deal with at least three weeks of cold weather and is con­fi­dent there will be no prob­lems re-stock­ing where more is needed.

A spokesman said: “We have been do­ing two runs ev­ery day – one in the early morn­ing and one af­ter the evening rush hour.

“We only ever do the main routes which is why we some­times hear from peo­ple say­ing that they’ve not seen our grit­ting lor­ries.”

He added: “There is about 18,000 tonnes of salt in stock at our de­pots and we be­lieve that is enough to last 20 days.”

The coun­cil’s 64-strong fleet fo­cuses on A and B roads, main com­muter routes and dan­ger spots.

Its grit­ting op­er­a­tion also en­sures that hos­pi­tals, fire sta­tions and other im­por­tant fa­cil­i­ties are kept open.

Each run costs about £12,000.

Last year, sev­eral au­thor­i­ties were caught out by a short­age of salt and were un­able to grit roads as reg­u­larly as they wanted.

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