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Gritting crews step up during cold snap

Gritting crews step up during cold snap

16 February 2021
A gritting lorry

Gritting crews for Wokingham Borough Council covered more than 4,400 kilometres during the recent cold snap to keep the borough’s roads clear and moving for essential journeys. 

Our five gritters worked almost round the clock for a week to clear frost and ice from the borough’s roads, cycleways and footpaths, using more than 335 tonnes of grit in the process.


From 6 to 13 February they completed 15 gritting runs across the borough, with temperatures dropping as low as -8°C. 

This included five gritting runs on Sunday 7 February to combat the snow which fell across the borough. As temperatures dropped below freezing for extended periods the gritting teams continued to keep our roads moving.

What they said 

Cllr Pauline Jorgensen, executive member for highways and transport, said: “I’d like to thank all those in the gritting crews who helped keep our roads moving during the recent cold spell. Though fewer people are using the roads at the moment due to lockdown their journeys are essential. 

Many including emergency services and delivery companies need our networks to be kept clear so our residents and communities can get what they need, when they need it.”


Alistair Thompson, managing director of VolkerHighways, said: “At VolkerHighways, the safety of our people and the public is our top priority. Our crews and gritters continue to be at the ready for when temperatures drop, helping to keep the road network safe and moving.”

Find out more about gritting


You can visit the council’s website to find out more about how we grit the borough’s road and which locations are gritted when. 

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