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True grit shown in highways response

The highways network in Somerset is returning to normal after some of the worst winter weather experienced in the county for years. Highways teams using snowploughs, blowers, diggers and gritters worked 24/7 from midnight on Wednesday through the weekend to keep main roads clear of snow and ice. Gritting crews covered more than 14,000 miles […]

Highways ready for winter with seven new gritters

Somerset County Council’s highways team are ready for winter with seven new gritters to keep roads safe when temperatures plummet. The County Council has a fleet of 23 gritters and a stockpile of 7,000 tonnes of salt at depots across Somerset, ready to treat around 900 miles of road every time ice is expected. Cllr […]

Another busy winter for highways teams

Now that spring has finally sprung, Somerset County Council’s gritting teams are standing down after another busy winter. The Council’s fleet of 23 gritters were needed on 71 occasions when cold weather was forecast, pre-treating around 900 miles of the highways network each time to help prevent ice forming. That’s about average and compares with […]

True grit: how Somerset County Council is keeping you on the move this winter

Somerset County Council’s highways teams have been kept busy during the recent cold weather. In January 2015 alone, the gritters were in action 27 times. Here’s an infographic showing how roads are treated to help keep drivers on the move in winter: