#SYgrit returns in preparation for a chilly winter

Barnsley Council’s gritters are on standby which only means one thing… winter is coming.

The gritters are ready to treat the 321 miles of gritting routes, around the clock, following the delivery of 12,000 tonnes of grit on mid-summer’s day earlier in the year. The gritting team are prepared to tackle the winter maintenance period which will run until the end of March.

To help commuters get the latest updates on road conditions and gritting across South Yorkshire, #SYgrit will return on Facebook and Twitter covering Barnsley, Sheffield, Rotherham and Doncaster routes.

Residents are also encouraged to follow @BarnsleyHighway on Twitter for local gritting updates, winter road safety tips and more.

Cllr Chris Lamb, Cabinet Spokesperson for Place, said: “It’s beginning to feel chilly in Barnsley, and as the temperature starts to drop towards zero and below, we’re prepared to tackle snow and ice on our roads.

“Last year was a milder winter, but our highways team did a fantastic job of maintaining our roads by sending out their gritters 311 times, using 3,800 tonnes of grit and travelling a total of 11,139 miles throughout the winter period. 

“It’s great to see the return of #SYgrit, which allows us to work closely with local authorities across South Yorkshire to help our residents plan a safe journey.

“Please take care when travelling in colder weather, check that your vehicle is winter ready and leave plenty of time to get to your destination in adverse weather.”

For more information on gritting routes and grit bin locations, visit barnsley.gov.uk/gritting.

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