Did you think I had disappeared? Nope just decided to pick a new time to blog 🙂
It has been pretty cold lately don’t you think? In the night when we’re not around, tucked up tight because it’s so cold outside, that is when the winter machines and their hard working masters awaken and get ready to grit!
Obviously I don’t drive, yet. But I still found it cool to learn about how our Torbay roads are gritted. We all know that gritting is something that happens during winter, so I was surprised to learn that preparation can start as early as April! The vehicles must be cleaned, the gritting routes have to be designed and planned, and of course one of the most important things – stocking up on that salt!
There is so much salt stored down at the depot. Stock piled round here is around 1500 Tonnes of salt. WOW, that’s a lot. But during the winter months this is what keeps our streets and pavements free from ice.
Being the usual chatterbox I am, it was hard for the team to get a word in 🙂 when they could talk though I learned some pretty interesting stuff. The team has six gritters and four snow ploughs to help them get the job done. Now they’ve got the tools it’s all about getting ready to go. In these winter months this team needs to be ready at a drop of a hat to go out when they get that call, and that could be at any time. Like the other night, they had to be out at 4am!! Now that’s dedication to their job 🙂
If the temperature drops down this is the team that works hard to keep our roads running, and it’s not as easy as you might think. Narrow roads, unpredictable weather, as well as parked and stuck cars are just some of the challenges they face. And I thought I had it hard trying to get the rest of my household to recycle properly. The trucks they use are just standard trucks, but when they are sourcing them they must bare in mind the narrow roads they will be having to drive down. This is why the routes are carefully planned earlier in the year! So they can make their way round Torbay whatever the weather.
If you thought they were finished you were wrong! As well as gritting our roads they also restock and service 140 grit bins so that us residents can help ourselves if we get stuck! Incase that ever is you that is stuck here is a helpful tip I learned…10 grams of salt from a grit bin (that’s about a tablespoon full) will treat 1 square metre of a footpath or a road and help prevent ice from forming! Handy huh?
Thanks Team. We’re very grateful, that’s a lot of routes you keep safe for us in winter.
I’ll be back again before you know it 🙂