Gritters head out in Derbyshire with freezing temperatures expected tonight

Gritters will be out in Derbyshire this afternoon due to the increased risk of ice.

Monday, 23rd January 2017, 12:22 pm
Updated Monday, 23rd January 2017, 12:27 pm
Gritters are on standby

Derbyshire County Council says gritting teams will be out covering primary and secondary routes.

The Met Office says temperatures could drop to -4 °C. tonight.

Primary routes

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- Are treated during the day and night before bad weather hits.

- Cover around 1,000 miles of road.

- Include major roads including all A roads and heavily used B roads, major bus routes, roads linking towns and larger villages and roads outside bus, train, police, fire and ambulance stations and hospitals.

- Include at least one route into villages and roads serving schools, health centres and other community facilities such as GPs surgeries and parish halls, where possible.

Secondary routes

- Cover around 550 miles of road.

- Are generally only treated in the day with the first run being completed by mid-morning.

- Include some bus routes not covered on the primary network, particularly in residential areas, and roads to smaller villages.

- Include well-used main roads through housing estates and villages.

- Are pre-treated before bad weather hits, where possible, but primary routes take priority.