25th Nov, 2020

Council asks public to suggest creative and funny names for new gritters

Andy Morris 25th Oct, 2020

CREATIVE and funny names are wanted for Warwickshire County Council’s (WCC) five new road gritters.

The new low-emission gritters will help to maintain roads across Warwickshire this winter.

The council is asking the public to give the new gritters quirky names, which will be proudly displayed on each of the new vehicles.

But ‘Gritty McGritface’ and ‘True Grit’ will not be accepted, as they are already the names of gritters in Shropshire and Doncaster respectively.

WCC transport and highways spokesman Coun Jeff Clarke said: “Our gritting fleet in Warwickshire does a fantastic job keeping the network running smoothly across the winter months. The five new gritters joining the fleet are a welcome addition to our efforts as a council of ensuring residents are supported by excellent transport infrastructure.

“We have selected the models based on their low emissions so that we are keeping our commitment to doing all that we can, within our business, of reducing our carbon footprint.

“I am looking forward to hearing from residents their suggestions for names for our five new gritters!”

The WCC gritting fleet treats around 1,100 miles of carriageway over 29 different routes each time roads require gritting, which occurs around 60 times every 12 months – meaning the fleet clocks up around 66,000 miles each year.

The county holds around 14,000 tonnes of salt in stock across five depots at the start of winter, and in an average winter will get through around 12,000 tonnes. Salt stocks are kept topped up in case of prolonged spells of cold and icy weather.

To suggest a name, email NewsTeam@Warwickshire.gov.uk or contact WCC on Twitter at @Warwickshire_CC or Facebook at ‘Warwickshire County Council’.

Suggestions will be accepted up to the end of Sunday November 15.

Visit https://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/roads-transport for more information about transport and highways in Warwickshire.

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