“We’re ready and waiting.” That’s the message from gritting teams determined to keep Wyre and its rural roads clear of snow and ice this winter.
Gritting bosses say they have “never been better prepared”.
After being caught on the hop in 2009, when heavy snowfall exhausted salt supplies, every effort has been made to make sure there is no repeat.
Sim Lane-Dixon, in charge of gritting teams for Wyre and Fylde at Lancashire County Council, said: “We are more ready than ever. We have bigger stocks of salt than ever before. We have 30,000 tonnes of salt in stock.”
Barring freak snowfall Mr Lane-Dixon is confident his team of 12 will keep roads clear. They are helped this year by more detailed weather forecasts.
He explained: “The Met Office now cannot only tell us which roads will freeze, but which part of a road will freeze. So we can target areas so much better.”
The gritters, which now use salt treated with molasses to make it stick to the road better, drop around four tonnes on an average 50-mile run. The gritters also treat footpaths, if freezing conditions last more than 24 hours.
For further details of routes go to www.lancashire.gov.uk/winter.