Salt lorries out in force to keep roads safe and clear
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.