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Gritters are 'on standby' for ice

A council in Shropshire said its road gritting teams would be on standby over the Christmas period when icy conditions are predicted.

Telford and Wrekin Council said it would grit all A and B roads, routes to some larger villages and regular bus routes if there is frost or snow.

The council has invested £15,000 in a new salt barn which increased its grit storage capacity by almost a quarter.

It urged drivers to take care as "a sustained Arctic blast" was forecast.

Councillor Steve Bentley, cabinet member for the environment, said: "Throughout the Christmas holiday period our gritting teams will be on standby and looking at the forecast they'll be pretty busy.

"Although we salt much a higher percentage than many other councils do, people still need to be aware that there are still a number of other roads that we don't grit."

The council said it also grits footpaths serving the main shopping areas and school routes.



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