LANCASHIRE’s highways teams are asking residents to get their thinking caps on and come up with some great names for their new gritters.
Nine of the instantly recognisable big yellow machines will be spreading salt on their roads for the first time this winter, and they need a little help to fit in with their fellow gritters which already have unique names printed on each door.
Some of those which already make up the county’s 45-strong frontline fleet include Basil Salty, Gritasaurus, Captain Snow, Holly Chilloughby and Albert Icestein.
County Councillor Charlie Edwards, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “We were one of the first councils to begin the tradition of giving names to our gritters.
“Some of our existing fleet had to retire this year, and with nine new gritters entering service this winter we’d like people to come up with some good names for them.
“Our highways teams do an incredible job of keeping Lancashire’s main routes open whatever the weather, often working during the night over what can be a very long winter in this part of the world.
“Seeing a gritter go by on a freezing night is a reassuring sight for everyone and spotting the name on the cab door helps to raise a smile, particularly for our drivers as they begin another chilly night shift.”
Of the 4,300 miles of roads in Lancashire which the county council is responsible for around a third, or 1,500 miles, make up the priority gritting network which can be treated within four hours whenever a freeze is forecast for the whole county.
People can nominate a name for one of Lancashire’s nine new gritters by emailing email@example.com, or commenting on one of their posts about the gritters on Twitter @LancashireCC, Facebook @lancashirecc or Instagram lancashirecc using the hashtag #LancsWinterGritter21.
The competition closes at 5pm on Friday, October 29 2021.