Egyptian salt arrives at Lincolnshire County Council ready for winter

IT may only be September but 15,000 tonnes of Egyptian salt have arrived in the county ready to be used by gritters in the event of a bad winter.

The salt is stored at Lincolnshire County Council’s eight Highways depots - Manby, Sturton, North Willingham, Horncastle, Ancaster, Boston Chainbridge, Pode Hole and Thurlby.

Fifteen new gritters are on order, including a 10 tonne DAF gritters for Manby which will help treat pedestrianised areas and narrow urban roads.

Last winter, 21,000 tonnes of salt was used, with gritters taking to the roads 82 times.

The latest salt arrival takes the total up to 35,000 tonnes available for this winter.

A total of 34,000 tonnes was used during the exceptional winter experienced back in 2009/10.

Coun William Webb, Executive Member for Highways and Transportation, said: “Getting ready for the impact of winter weather on the roads takes place all year round in Lincolnshire. We’re more than ready for anything that comes our way.

“This year, we have more salt than we have ever needed before. We’re also making sure our gritters are in tip top condition and replacing some of the older vehicles.”