WITH long-range forecasters predicting a severe and icy winter people can follow the routes taken by gritting lorries via East Sussex County Council’s website.
Gritters named Grittney Spears, Usain Salt and Ready Salted, by local primary school children, will be taking to the roads at the first sign of ice and snow.
The web site will allow people to track their progress as they travel the 950 miles of roads in the county that are treated.
The information, collected by electronic tracker devices on each of the 24 gritters, is already fed back to the control hub at the Ringmer Depot to enable the highways team to plan and monitor gritting.
But thanks to new technology, motorists, cyclists, pedestrians and other road users will be able to watch the gritters’ movements in real time.
“This is a great addition to our website,” said Roger Williams, head of highways at the county council. “We are often asked where and when we grit and now people can see for themselves.
“The real time gritter feed will keep people informed of which roads have been treated in the event of snow and ice and is another useful tool to enable us to communicate with the public.”
The East Sussex Highways Twitter account @esccroads has already proved a hit with motorists and has more than 5,500 followers.
Roger added: “Twitter has been extremely successful in allowing us to answer queries, give regular updates and receive information about problems on our roads.”
Information about why and when roads are gritted, which roads are prioritised and what residents can do to stay safe during severe weather is available at www.eastsussex.gov.uk/coldsnap. Roger Williams said: “We ask people to be prepared for severe weather.”