Gritters poised for action

Gritters and the giant salt barn at Wigan Council's Sovereign Road Depot
Gritters and the giant salt barn at Wigan Council's Sovereign Road Depot

WIGAN is ready for the cold snap – that’s the message from the council as forecasters predict cold weather ahead.

The Council’s gritting team is preparing to treat the borough’s roads for the first time since last winter tonight as temperatures are expected to fall close to freezing. The final decision on whether to grit will be made later today.

Town Hall bosses say they are prepared for the plunging temperatures and is ready to keep the borough moving. The gritting team is based at the council’s multi-million pound depot in Ince. Facilities include a state-of-the-art salt barn that’s currently filled with 4,000 tonnes of gritting salt and space for the council’s 11 multi-purpose gritting vehicles.

Wigan Borough’s road network is 1,040km long – the second longest in Greater Manchester.

Councillor Kevin Anderson, Wigan Council’s cabinet member for environment, said: “Cold weather is predicted for the next few days and we’re well prepared if it does materialise. Our fleet of 11 gritters, mechanical excavators and tractors are on standby 24 hours a day ready to treat the roads. Officers monitor both road and weather conditions around the clock, analysing information from local weather stations, the Met Office and visual inspections to decide when treatment should start.

“I’m confident we have the best facilities and resources in place to ensure we can keep Wigan Borough moving should we experience severe weather.”

The council will announce when it is intending to treat the borough’s roads on its social media channels on Twitter @WiganCouncil using the hashtag #grittertwitter and on Facebook.