New gritters for Boston to carry Egyptian salt

BOSTON is to get six new gritter vehicles in time for winter.

Lincolnshire County Council has ordered 15 new gritters for the county – along with 15,000 tonnes of Egyptian salt.

Five new 26-tonne Mercedes Schmidt gritters are set to replace older vehicles at Boston Chainbridge highways depot. In addition, there will also be a new replacement smaller 10-tonne DAF gritter to treat pedestrianised areas and narrower urban roads.

Executive member for highways and transportation Coun William Webb said: “This year, we have more salt than we have ever needed before.

“We’re also making sure our gritters are in tip-top condition and replacing some of the older vehicles.

“Remember there are things you can do too. Perhaps you can volunteer to salt the roads and footpaths where you live to help keep people moving safely? Or you may have access to shovels or a large vehicle to assist with towing if required.”

Last winter, 21,000 tonnes of salt was used across the county, with gritters taking to the roads 82 times. The latest salt arrival takes the total up to 35,000 tonnes available for this winter. A total of 34,000 tonnes was used during the exceptional winter experienced back in 2009/10.

Coun Webb added: “Last year our Gritter Twitter was really successful, so we’ll be using it again from mid October to keep people up to speed with important information.”