Weather: Gritters work through the night

GRITTING teams are out across the county in a bid to combat the dangerous icy surfaces lying in wait for motorists.

Ipswich Borough Council staff worked through the night on a double shift, clocking up more than 17 hours coating the town’s roads with salt in time for the morning rush hour.

A spokesman for the council said the gritters were back out on the roads by around 9am and will take to the streets again this afternoon.

Across Suffolk gritting teams are following the usual routes, prioritising main routes.

A spokesman for Suffolk County Council, responsible for gritting the rest of the county’s roads, said the majority of A and B roads are now clear of snow.

He said: “We started gritting Priority 2 routes, other significant bus and commuter routes, at 5am, which is now completed.

“Once we have covered these priority routes, we will move on to other routes around the county, including town centres.

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“Grit bins are also being replenished.”

In Ipswich refuse collection will go ahead as usual as teams collect black and blue bins.

The IBC spokesman said the collection of brown bins has been suspended.

He said: “We are out collecting today and we will get to where we can.

“Unfortunately a few roads will prove impossible to reach but we will be doing our best.”

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