‘I want to break freeze” and “You’re a blizzard, Harry’ among names of Scottish gritter trucks – Evening Standard

I want to break freeze” and “You’re a blizzard, Harry” are among the names of Scotland‘s gritter trucks battling snowy roads on Tuesday. Some of the newest names include Brinestone Ploughboy, CalvinHarrIce and Grittin On Wae It. A recent appeal to name the 50-strong fleet of gritters — which cover 400 miles of roads — received more than 1,200 entries.

The UK is covered in snow

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The appeal, which ran from December 23 to January 15, was moved online due to the pandemic.

While the naming appeal is normally run in connection with local schools, this year it was opened to the wider public. A number of the vehicles made puns using “snow”, including “Snowcially distanced” and “Han Snow-Lo” Five pay tribute to Scottish James Bond actor, Sir Sean Connery, who died last year, including On Her Majesty’s Slippery Surface, Coldfinger and You only grit ice.

Others are named after celebrities, including Sled Zepplin, Robert Brrrrns and Gritney Spears.


Bus and rail travel has been disrupted by the weather, with an amber warning in place for much of the central belt. Transport Scotland reported temperatures down to nearly minus 18C at Bannockburn in Stirling. Speaking on Good Morning Scotland, Transport Scotland manager Stein Connolly said: “We had 146 gritters out last night.

“All the trunk roads are open, but there are some places where it’s just passable.

“There has been a couple of accidents – police are working to get these clear, but it’s maybe better to leave it until a safer point in the day (to travel).”