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Salt stockpiled as gritters in Norfolk get ready for winter

A digger loading a gritter in one of Norfolk’s salt domes. Pic: Norfolk County Council.

A digger loading a gritter in one of Norfolk’s salt domes. Pic: Norfolk County Council.

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Some 16,000 tonnes of salt has been stockpiled in Norfolk to help gritting teams keep the county’s roads clear this winter.

Norfolk county councillor Martin Wilby. Pic: Norfolk Conservatives.Norfolk county councillor Martin Wilby. Pic: Norfolk Conservatives.

The county’s gritters have already been out for their first run of the season – treating roads in the west of the county on Monday, October 28.

Last winter saw 13,600 tonnes of specially formulated salt spread over the council’s 49 gritting routes, which includes all A-class and B-class roads and some C-class roads.

Each run covers 2,200 miles of road and takes three hours to complete.

That was down on the 25,000 tonnes which were used over the previous winter, when the Beast from the East brought heavy snowfall across the county and meant gritters had to go out 113 times.

While 16,000 tonnes is stocked through a long-term contract with supplier Compass Minerals, Norfolk County Council says that will be replenished .

The salt used to treat roads works by reducing the freezing point of water on the surface.

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However, bosses at Norfolk County Council say even when roads are treated there is no guarantee they will be completely clear of ice or snow.

For example, in severe cold weather (below approximately minus seven degrees Celsius) even salt will not prevent the roads from icing over.

A change means this year, the gritting will be done by Norse Highways, on behalf of the county council, although decisions on mobilising crews will still be taken at County Hall.

Martin Wilby, Norfolk County Council cabinet member for highways and infrastructure, said: “The recent move of the day to day highway maintenance operations, including gritting, to Norse Highways, will see some efficiency savings made, but for Norfolk’s roads this winter it will be business as usual.

“The fleet of gritter trucks and the dedicated crews are prepped and ready to grit roads and clear any snow as and when needed.

“I’d urge everyone to take care when roads are cold and wet over the coming months – it’s very important to always drive to arrive, so please do make sure you drive to the road conditions at all times.”

Gritting the A47 and A11 is not the responsibility of Norfolk County Council.

They are treated by Highways England.

Heavy traffic on A47 between Swaffham and Dereham after breakdown

There is heavy traffic on the A47 eastbound between Swaffham and Dereham after a truck's tyre blew out. Picture: PA Images

There is heavy traffic on the A47 eastbound between Swaffham and Dereham after a truck’s tyre blew out. Picture: PA Images

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Traffic is heavy on the A47 after a vehicle broke down prior to the morning rush hour.

Drivers travelling eastbound between Swaffham and Dereham are facing long delays after a timber truck’s tyre blew out, blocking the road in the process.

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Traffic is particularly heavy at Necton and Little Fransham.

Police are currently at the scene to assist the flow of traffic and recovery is expected to take several hours.

A spokesman from Norfolk Constabulary said: “We were called at around 7.50am to reports of a highway obstruction. A closure was in place due to a lorry blocking the Dereham-bound carriageway.”

Keep up to date with the latest travel information by checking the EDP’s live traffic map.

East Coast Truckers 2019: Popular convoy returns for 34th year

Crowds lined Great Yarmouth seafront as the East Coast Truckers passed through on their way to Norwich from Pleasurewood Hills. Picture: Jamie Honeywood

Crowds lined Great Yarmouth seafront as the East Coast Truckers passed through on their way to Norwich from Pleasurewood Hills. Picture: Jamie Honeywood

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Thousands of spectators cheered on a popular convoy of more than 100 trucks as it gave a group of children a memorable day out.

Crowds lined Great Yarmouth seafront as the East Coast Truckers passed through on their way to Norwich from Pleasurewood Hills. Picture: Jamie Honeywood Crowds lined Great Yarmouth seafront as the East Coast Truckers passed through on their way to Norwich from Pleasurewood Hills. Picture: Jamie Honeywood

The 34th annual East Coast Truckers convoy made its way from County Hall in Norwich to Pleasurewood Hills in Lowestoft on Sunday, with disabled and disadvantaged children sharing a cab with drivers.

Crowds of well wishers lined the route, gathering on bridges over the A47 and along the seafront in Great Yarmouth, to cheer on the trucks and their special cargo.

Crowds lined Great Yarmouth seafront as the East Coast Truckers passed through on their way to Norwich from Pleasurewood Hills. Picture: Jamie Honeywood Crowds lined Great Yarmouth seafront as the East Coast Truckers passed through on their way to Norwich from Pleasurewood Hills. Picture: Jamie Honeywood

They were also joined by members of the emergency services for the procession, with police motorcycle escorts and first aid on hand.

On Twitter, East Coast Truckers thanked the team at Pleasurewood Hills, saying it had been a “fantastic day”.

Crowds lined Great Yarmouth seafront as the East Coast Truckers passed through on their way to Norwich from Pleasurewood Hills. Picture: Jamie Honeywood Crowds lined Great Yarmouth seafront as the East Coast Truckers passed through on their way to Norwich from Pleasurewood Hills. Picture: Jamie Honeywood

They said: “[We’re] very proud of our convoy and the people in it, big and small.”

The beloved event has raised thousands of pounds for charity over the years.

Crowds lined Great Yarmouth seafront as the East Coast Truckers passed through on their way to Norwich from Pleasurewood Hills. Picture: Jamie Honeywood Crowds lined Great Yarmouth seafront as the East Coast Truckers passed through on their way to Norwich from Pleasurewood Hills. Picture: Jamie Honeywood
Crowds lined Great Yarmouth seafront as the East Coast Truckers passed through on their way to Norwich from Pleasurewood Hills. Picture: Jamie Honeywood Crowds lined Great Yarmouth seafront as the East Coast Truckers passed through on their way to Norwich from Pleasurewood Hills. Picture: Jamie Honeywood
Crowds lined Great Yarmouth seafront as the East Coast Truckers passed through on their way to Norwich from Pleasurewood Hills. Picture: Jamie Honeywood Crowds lined Great Yarmouth seafront as the East Coast Truckers passed through on their way to Norwich from Pleasurewood Hills. Picture: Jamie Honeywood

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Crowds lined Great Yarmouth seafront as the East Coast Truckers passed through on their way to Norwich from Pleasurewood Hills. Picture: Jamie HoneywoodCrowds lined Great Yarmouth seafront as the East Coast Truckers passed through on their way to Norwich from Pleasurewood Hills. Picture: Jamie Honeywood
Crowds lined Great Yarmouth seafront as the East Coast Truckers passed through on their way to Norwich from Pleasurewood Hills. Picture: Jamie Honeywood Crowds lined Great Yarmouth seafront as the East Coast Truckers passed through on their way to Norwich from Pleasurewood Hills. Picture: Jamie Honeywood
Crowds lined Great Yarmouth seafront as the East Coast Truckers passed through on their way to Norwich from Pleasurewood Hills. Picture: Jamie Honeywood Crowds lined Great Yarmouth seafront as the East Coast Truckers passed through on their way to Norwich from Pleasurewood Hills. Picture: Jamie Honeywood
Crowds lined Great Yarmouth seafront as the East Coast Truckers passed through on their way to Norwich from Pleasurewood Hills. Picture: Jamie Honeywood Crowds lined Great Yarmouth seafront as the East Coast Truckers passed through on their way to Norwich from Pleasurewood Hills. Picture: Jamie Honeywood

Husband and wife from Wisbech killed in head-on A47 smash with lorry

Roy Grainger and his wife Michele (pictured) were killed on Thursday, August 15, after they were involved in a head-on crash with a HGV lorry on the A47 near Wisbech. Picture: Terry Harris / NEWSAIR

Roy Grainger and his wife Michele (pictured) were killed on Thursday, August 15, after they were involved in a head-on crash with a HGV lorry on the A47 near Wisbech. Picture: Terry Harris / NEWSAIR

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Tributes have been made to a couple from the Fens who were killed following a head-on collision with a lorry on the A47.

Roy Grainger and his wife Michele were killed after they were involved in a head-on crash with a HGV lorry on the A47. Picture: Terry Harris / NEWSAIRRoy Grainger and his wife Michele were killed after they were involved in a head-on crash with a HGV lorry on the A47. Picture: Terry Harris / NEWSAIR

Roy Grainger and his wife Michele, both of High Road, Wisbech, were driving along the main stretch of road in their black Vauxhall Astra before they collided with a HGV.

The couple’s car was sent off the road and into the bushes after crashing into the large Knowles lorry on Thursday, August 15.

Roy and Michele, aged 72 and 73, have been described as “devoted parents and grandparents” – their family has asked for privacy at this time.

Roy Grainger and his wife Michele (pictured) were killed on Thursday, August 15, after they were involved in a head-on crash with a HGV lorry on the A47 near Wisbech. Picture: Terry Harris / NEWSAIRRoy Grainger and his wife Michele (pictured) were killed on Thursday, August 15, after they were involved in a head-on crash with a HGV lorry on the A47 near Wisbech. Picture: Terry Harris / NEWSAIR

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In a statement to the media, a family member said: “Roy and Michele were devoted parents and grandparents.

“Roy moved to London from North Wales to become a police officer and following his retirement he became involved in the rotary club and a season ticket holder at his beloved Everton FC.

Roy Grainger and his wife Michele were killed after they were involved in a head-on crash with a HGV lorry on the A47. Picture: Terry Harris / NEWSAIRRoy Grainger and his wife Michele were killed after they were involved in a head-on crash with a HGV lorry on the A47. Picture: Terry Harris / NEWSAIR

“Michele was a nurse and met Roy in London. She was involved in the local church, choir and the women’s institute. They will be greatly missed by all.”

Police are still appealing for information about the collision and are asking anyone who has dash-cam footage of the collision or information about the incident to get in touch.

You can call police on 101, quoting Op Stanage. Alternatively you can report online at: www.cambs.police.uk/report

Everything you need to know about the East Coast Truckers convoy 2019

The East Coast Truckers driving through Thorpe. Picture: Nick Butcher

The East Coast Truckers driving through Thorpe. Picture: Nick Butcher

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The East Coast Truckers Children’s Convoy will once again be hitting the road to treat children with special needs to a day out.

The East Coast Truckers driving through Thorpe. Picture: Nick ButcherThe East Coast Truckers driving through Thorpe. Picture: Nick Butcher

On Sunday, August 25, the world famous truck convoy will leave for Pleasurewood Hills, with thousands of people expected to line the route from Norwich to Great Yarmouth.

More than 100 trucks will take children from Norfolk and Suffolk with special needs to the Lowestoft theme park, escorted by police motorcycles.

This is the 34th convoy since the charity was launched by a group of local truckers and has continued to grow year on year.

The convoy will leave from County Hall Norwich to Pleasurewood Hills in the morning and then return to County Hall via the seafront at Great Yarmouth that evening.

Anastasia exploring a truck at an East Coast Truckers event outside the Forum, Norwich. Picture: Jamie HoneywoodAnastasia exploring a truck at an East Coast Truckers event outside the Forum, Norwich. Picture: Jamie Honeywood

Ian Mackie, chairman of the charity, said: ” A lot of people put a lot of effort in and when you get back and the kids are either tired out asleep or smiling it makes it all worthwhile. The amount of people who support it throughout the route is amazing. It doesn’t matter how rough tough these drivers are, you have a lump in the throat as you drive down the seafront.”

Organisers said the best place to see the convoy was along the seafront in Great Yarmouth, but that there would be a great view from any of the bridges on the A47.

Convoy timetable 2019

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10:00 – Leave County Hall, Norwich

10:30 – Acle Roundabout

11:00 – Great Yarmouth (Gapton Hall Roundabout)

11:15 – Gorleston

The East Coast Truckers’ children’s convoy arrives at Pleasurewood Hills in Lowestoft. Scores of shiny trucks lined up at the theme park. Pictures: Mick HowesThe East Coast Truckers’ children’s convoy arrives at Pleasurewood Hills in Lowestoft. Scores of shiny trucks lined up at the theme park. Pictures: Mick Howes

12:00 – Arrive Pleasurewood Hills Theme Park

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17:00 – Leave Pleasurewood Hills Theme Park

18:00 – Marine Parade (Seafront), Great Yarmouth

19:30 – Arrive at County Hall, Norwich