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Busy Day for Gritting Crews

Posted on Friday 10th March 2023
Gritter in snow newsroom

Staffordshire’s army of gritters and snow ploughs have been out in force since the early hours today clearing roads and helping the emergency services.

While snow has cleared from much of the county this afternoon, parts of the Staffordshire Moorlands remained severely affected by drifting snow and icy conditions.

Emergency services were advising people who needed to travel in these areas to stick to main routes and to be prepared for their journeys. Deep snow affected the A53 and A523 near Leek.

With one of the largest winter highways teams in the country, the council’s 40-strong gritters will be out once again from 4pm gritting both the main and extended gritting network.

David Williams, Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport at Staffordshire County Council, said:

It has been another very busy day for our gritting crews with conditions particularly difficult in parts of the Staffordshire Moorlands.

While the risk of heavy snow showers is fading, freezing conditions means there is a risk of severe ice and drifts of accumulations of snow on the ground.

So, it is important that people still avoid the worst affected areas, do not ignore road closure warnings and keep to main roads if they do need to travel.

I would like to thank the crews and the emergency services for helping to make sure people across Staffordshire remained safe today.”

People can find out more information about our gritting routes here.

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