A long night for gritting teams on roads across East Anglia as snow hits

Gritting teams are out to keep the roads clear. Picture: ARCHANT

Gritting teams are out to keep the roads clear. Picture: ARCHANT - Credit: Archant

Gritting teams from county councils and Highways England had a busy night coping with the snow that was forecast.

Teams from Suffolk County Council were out on two runs – one starting at midnight and the other starting at 3.30am. Their fleet of 37 gritting lorries were aiming to prepare roads across the county so they were ready for traffic on what is expected to be a snowy Tuesday morning.

Meanwhile Highways England’s fleet of 39 gritters across the east of England was clearing major roads including the A14, A12, and A120.

Suffolk County Council deputy leader Jane Storey said the county’s gritter driver would be working to keep roads clear – but it meant they would be unable to carry out their usual work of filling potholes.

She said: “I certainly don’t envy their job of going out in the middle of the night in this weather – but it is vital to keep our roads clear and safe.”

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