City Council assures commuters they DID send out gritters

The City Council have assured commuters they did send their gritters out last night – after ice and snow caused delays across Stoke-on-Trent this morning.

Snow and ice overnight led to traffic delays across the city and the surrounding area with many motorists taking to social media to complain about the state of the roads.

Taking to Twitter, Stoke-on-Trent City Council said their gritters had covered roads in the city last night – and emphasised that grit doesn’t melt snow.

The council said: “We can assure you that our gritting teams having been out gritting yesterday, last night and again this morning.

“It is important to note that grit does not melt snow and needs traffic in order to have maximum effectiveness.”

In a further update the council added they were gritting again this morning.

A spokesman said: “Most of you will have woken up to the sight of snow covering the ground and while it looks pretty, it’s not ideal for travelling.

“Our gritting team was out on Sunday from 4pm, again at 11pm on Sunday

“On finishing that round, the crews went out again at 3am, gritting all routes started again at 7.30am and the crews are currently out

“It takes several hours for our team of gritters to complete all the routes in the city. It’s also important that the drivers have a rest break for everyone’s safety.

“We have staff out refilling grit bins around the city. You can use the grit in the bins on any public pavement or road – but we ask people not to use it on their private drives; it’s there for everyone to use.”

Stoke-on-Trent City Council are not responsible for roads including the A500 or A50, which are controlled by Highways England or roads including the A34 or elsewhere in Staffordshire, which are gritted by Staffordshire County Council.

The county council also said their gritters had been out last night.

Helen Fisher, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet Support member for Highways and Transport, said: “Gritters were out overnight and then stood to again this morning to continue gritting as necessary.

“In the north of the county our fleet covered the main routes overnight and then went out again at 5am this morning.

“They will be reloading and then going out again for a third time this morning to cover some of the other routes.

“We also have teams out gritting footpaths in Leek, Cheadle, Biddulph and Blythe Bridge.”

Cheshire East Council also had gritters and snow ploughs out this as they cleared high routes including the A54 and A537 Cat and Fiddle which had been shut due to snow and ice.

A Yellow Weather Warning for ice, issued by the Met Office yesterday afternoon, expired at 10am this morning.

The current weather forecast for the day states: “After a cold and perhaps icy start in places, Monday will be a drier and slightly less cold day.

“There will be lighter winds, plenty of sunny spells and just one or two wintry showers possible.

“Tonight will be cold with clear spells, leading to an early frost. However, the cloud and wind will increase as a squally band of rain/sleet/snow approaches from the west by morning.”

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