Gritters out in force to make Harborough roads safer

County councilor Peter Osborne at one of the district's two  salt store barns, at Misterton near to Junction 20 of the M1
County councilor Peter Osborne at one of the district's two salt store barns, at Misterton near to Junction 20 of the M1

Gritting lorries have been working over the past week in the Harborough district to keep the roads network up and running during the recent cold snap.

The drop in temperatures from Sunday onwards has seen icy windscreens and roads for district motorists.

Since Christmas Eve, County Hall gritting trucks have treated key routes eight times – including a run on Christmas Day.

Additional daytime gritting was carried out in areas in the north of the county on Saturday and snow ploughs were even used elsewhere in the county on Boxing Day.

Throughout the winter, the county council receives continuous weather forecasts and monitors road temperatures 24/7.

Gritter drivers are on standby every night and spread salt whenever there is a likelihood of frost, ice or snow affecting roads.

When ice is forecast, 45 per cent of the roads network is treated, including most A roads, some B and C-class roads, major commuter and bus routes and as far as is possible, at least one route through all Leicestershire villages.

There is a network of 730 grit bins across the county to help residents clear public roads and footways.

The county council’s 17 gritters spread about 150 tons of a special salt and molasses mix each night, covering approximately 1,200 miles of highway.

In the Harborough district, there are 122 ‘priority one’ routes covering 41 villages and the towns of Market Harborough and Lutterworth, as well as about 350 ‘priority two’ routes across the district.

In Market Harborough itself, they are 25 routes on the schedule with 11 having priority one status.

In Lutterworth there are 25 total routes with 15 having the highest priority.

Outside of the towns, Husbands Bosworth has the highest number of routes – seven – of the highest priority.

Information on gritting, including a map of routes in the district, and general advice on preparing for wintry weather can be found at the website www.leics.gov.uk/gritting.

Twitter users can also follow the council’s gritting updates by following the @LeicsCountyHall account.