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True grit as teams hang up their snowploughs to fix potholes

Correspondent 17th Apr, 2018

THE county’s Highways gritting crews have finally parked-up their vehicles after a tough season gritting the roads – and will now turn their attention to filling potholes.

And what a season it has been.

Over winter the teams have clocked up the equivalent of travelling more than six times around the world.

Teams were officially stood down last Sunday, April 25, after covering more than 150,579 miles of road across the county every time temperatures dipped below zero since mid-October 2017.

This year snow ploughs were fitted regularly as with temperatures regularly below freezing, mileage increased by 63,000 miles when compared to last year.

Jon Fraser, Worcestershire County Council’s Highways manager said: “This winter has brought some of the most challenging conditions for a long time. Our gritting teams were called in to action to treat our roads in very low temperatures and during heavy snow storms.

“They really have done a superb job, going out at all hours, responding to changing conditions and undertaking longer than usual gritting shifts.

During the warmer months the Highways crews will be continuing their work, carrying out essential maintenance.

Anyone who spots a defect or pothole on a county road should report it via www.worcestershire.gov.uk/reportit.

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