All set to keep us moving in winter
Transport bosses say they are prepared for a predicted cold spell at the end of the week.
Leicestershire County Council's fleet of gritters is ready to treat the roads with stockpiled salt should the weather turn freezing.
The council has 17 gritting vehicles and a team of 80 drivers ready to take to the roads. Temperatures are predicted to fall on Friday and Saturday. The county's salt barns are stocked with 16,000 tonnes of grit, which officials hope will last through the winter.
There are also more than 50 snow wardens in towns and villages across the county who will grit paths and more than 50 farmers who, during deep snow, will fit ploughs to their tractors to clear roads.
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If heavy snowfall makes driving difficult, a team of 40 4x4 drivers will be on hand to deliver hot meals and shopping to elderly people and help carers and health visitors reach their patients.
Councillor Lesley Pendleton, County Hall's cabinet member for environment and transport, said: "It's getting colder by the day but we are prepared to go out should it become icy, or should snow fall.
"We are committed to keeping the county moving during freezing weather – we have opened a new grit barn. That and our four other barns are housing our grit supply.
"We will be keeping a close eye on stocks so we will be able to order more in good time."
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