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National Highways' 28 new gritters to keep drivers in Herts, Essex and rest of East of England region moving

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A fleet of 28 new gritting vehicles will keep motorists moving in Hertfordshire, Essex and the rest of the East of England region this winter.

Along with 26,000 tonnes of salt and 14 depots at strategic points, they are key to National Highways' strategy for motorways like the M11 and major A-roads while county councils – including Hertfordshire with its fleet of 58 gritters – are responsible for the rest of the network.

The new vehicles are part of National Highways' roll-out of 120 state-of-the-art gritters across the country, with a further 132 to be delivered for winter 2022-23. There are now 62 vehicles for the East.

National Highways new gritters (51801097)
National Highways new gritters (51801097)

The new fleet is equipped with technology that enables gritting routes to be uploaded directly, advising drivers where to go, which lanes to treat, plus specific information to consider such as bridges.

National Highways' acting executive director of operations, Duncan Smith, said: "The new vehicles are an impressive sight and this year's roll-out once again demonstrates our commitment to keeping drivers safe throughout the winter months.

"They include state-of-the-art technology allowing us to treat the roads up to a maximum of 50mph – 10mph faster than earlier models.

National Highways new gritters (51801100)
National Highways new gritters (51801100)

"We want everyone to travel safely on our roads and ask that drivers take extra care near gritters, leave a safe distance, overtake gritters carefully when it is safe to do so and at a reduced speed.

"When the wintry weather arrives, our winter teams across the country will be ready to work around the clock to keep traffic moving."

Last year National Highways spread 24,500 tonnes of salt across motorways and major A-roads in the East including the M11 and A12.

Hertfordshire's fleet of 58 gritters is on standby 24/7, ready to spring into action to salt the county's roads. The county council highways team is ready to cover nearly half of the shire's road network – more than 2,500km (1,500 miles) – to keep routes open for the next six months.

National Highways new gritters (51801095)
National Highways new gritters (51801095)

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