Gritters out in Norfolk as temperatures drop below zero

Gritters will be taking to Norfolk's roads for the first time this season. Pic: Norfolk County Council.

Gritters will be taking to Norfolk’s roads for the first time this season. Pic: Norfolk County Council.

Norfolk County Council

Gritters will go out on Norfolk’s roads for the first run of the season today (Tuesday, November 3), with temperatures forecast to drop below freezing overnight.

The run tonight is set to include all parts of the county, except Norwich, where temperatures are forecast to stay above zero.

Each full gritting run in Norfolk sees 2,200 miles of road treated. Norfolk County Council says all A and B-class roads and some C-class roads are treated, with a focus on commuter and major bus routes and as far as is possible one route into all villages.

Martin Wilby, cabinet member for highways, infrastructure and transport, said: “It’s a huge undertaking keeping a big rural county like Norfolk moving each winter but highway teams are well prepared for the first run later today.

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“We can all do our bit to help keep safe by always driving to conditions particularly over the coming months whether it’s wet, icy or snowy.

“I’d urge people to keep an eye on our social media channels over the winter not just for updates on when we’re gritting, but also information to help people in the county cope during the colder months. Look for our #NorfolkWinter hashtag on Twitter and Facebook.”

This year Norfolk’s 48 strong fleet of gritting trucks features seven brand-new vehicles which are on their inaugural grit run.

The winners of a competition for Norfolk schoolchildren to choose names for the seven new gritters are set to be announced next week.

Norfolk has about 16,000 tonnes of salt stocked in the county and this will be replenished as needed during the winter through a contract the council has with its supplier Compass Minerals.

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A driver who did a risky overtake on a busy Angus road in his 4×4 was caught out by a police patrol car he failed to spot behind him.

Michael Burke pulled out to pass a lorry in heavy rain on the A933 Friockheim to Colliston road during the afternoon of May 30.

The 61-year-old’s lawyer told Forfar Sheriff Court his client had carried on with the manoeuvre in an “error of judgment” after committing to it.

Burke, of Cedar Way, Friockheim was originally charged with dangerous driving but a plea to the lesser charge of careless driving was accepted by the Crown when he appeared before Sheriff Derek Reekie at Forfar.

Depute fiscal Bill Kermode said the accused was in a Land Rover Discovery Sport and the offence happened just before 3.30pm when heavy rain had led to a large amount of surface water and poor visibility.

The police patrol car saw Burke overtake the HGV on the approach to a left hand bend, and continue past it without a clear view of the road ahead.

Burke was able to pull in but police noted there had been other traffic travelling in the opposite direction just after the incident and they stopped the accused.

Defence solicitor Nick Markowski said: “He started the overtake and once he committed he found the vehicle was travelling slightly faster than he anticipated.

“He wasn’t going over the speed limit but he was going too fast for the conditions. It was an error of judgment and he accepts that.”

Burke was fined £300 and given six penalty points.

Sheriff Reekie told him: “I take the view this was at the upper end of careless driving.”

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