Gritters prepare for icy weather across Lancashire tonight

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Lancashire’s fleet of gritters will be out for the first time this winter tonight, as temperatures are expected to plummet.

The county council said they were ready for the winter weather, and urged residents to prepare for the cold.

The fleet of 49 gritters will be out to treat roads this evening, and crews have more than 30,000 tonnes of salt ready to keep Lancashire moving.

County Coun John Fillis, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “We’re fully prepared for the winter weather and will once again be doing everything we can to keep Lancashire’s roads moving.

“We look after 4,300 miles of road, a third of which are priority routes and are gritted first whenever a freeze is forecast. We also grit other secondary routes in snowy conditions. However, it’s impossible to grit every road.

“Just because a road has been gritted, it may not be clear of ice and people should take extra care and prepare ahead for their journeys in freezing weather.”

The county council is also encouraging people to take steps to keep warm and healthy this winter.

People are being urged to stock up on salt to keep paths around their homes clear, get free flu jabs if they are eligible and get support if they are struggling to keep their home warm.