Hertfordshire gritters are ready as Met Office issues snow warning

PUBLISHED: 18:25 08 December 2017 | UPDATED: 12:05 11 December 2017

A digger picks up some salt ready to load onto a gritting truck at the Coreys Mill depot in Stevenage. Picture: Danny Loo

A digger picks up some salt ready to load onto a gritting truck at the Coreys Mill depot in Stevenage. Picture: Danny Loo

Danny Loo Photography 2017

As the winter weather has well and truly arrived in Hertfordshire – with the potential for snow at the weekend – highway maintenance contractor Ringway and Herts County Council have been gearing up for the gritting season ahead.

We took a trip to the Ringway grit depot at Stevenage’s Coreys Mill to see the gritters in action – with temperatures expected to fall below freezing tonight.

Councillor Ralph Sangster, Herts County Council’s executive member for highways, said: Councillor Ralph Sangster, Herts County Council’s executive member for highways, said: “We have 58 gritting lorries ready to go out at any one time and when we go out we do about 1,400 miles of highway – that’s the equivalent of driving from Hertford to Berlin and all the way back again – so that gives you an idea of the scale of the work.

“We try to go out during the off-peak periods – at night or afternoons – but of course that’s not always the case because if we’re getting a sharp frost in the mornings or evenings we’re going out there and gritting the road to keep it safe.”

A gritting truck gets ready to head out of the Corey's Mill depot. Picture: Danny Loo A gritting truck gets ready to head out of the Corey's Mill depot. Picture: Danny Loo

When asked how drivers can keep safe during the winter months, Mr Sangster said: “Everyone should drive safely and appropriately for the conditions.

“That means more slowly and in a higher gear, making sure they know their route to keep out of trouble.”

Motorists may need to heed that warning sooner rather than later – with the Met Office issuing a yellow warning of snow for Herts between 4am and midnight on Sunday, and a wind warning for much of the day as well.

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