THE Indian summer may have lasted into October, but Hampshire’s gritters have already been tested to make sure the county is ready for winter.
Hampshire County Council’s fleet of 51 salting vehicles will be on 24-hour standby, seven days a week, until April next year.
The fleet has already been out on the roads to ensure the vehicles ready for action.
Around 3,700 community salt bins are being filled so people can play their part in keeping smaller roads and pavements clear of snow and ice.
The council recently built a huge salt barn off the A27 at Broadmarsh in Havant, to help make sure the south’s major routes stay clear and safe.
Councillor Sean Woodward, who heads environment the county council, said: ‘This year’s fleet is more impressive than ever with a higher proportion of advanced dedicated spreaders out on the road to tackle what might be coming our way.
‘With the opening of our two new salt storage barns at Broadmarsh in Havant, last year, we have plenty of salt to spread on Hampshire’s major road network should we experience a prolonged dip in temperatures. Our priority is to keep Hampshire moving throughout the winter.’