Central Bedfordshire Council (CBC) has a fleet of ten spanking new gritter lorries coming to replace its 10-year-old ones

Gritney Spears or Gritty Gritty Bang Bang?

Central Bedfordshire Council (CBC) has a fleet of ten spanking new gritter lorries coming to replace its 10-year-old ones. Instead of just spreading salt like the older ones, they can spray a mix of brine (salt-water) and rock salt.

Traditional grit needs vehicles travelling over it, dissolving it, before it starts to melt snow and ice. With this system roads become clearer much faster, especially less well-travelled ones.

The new machines are also a lot greener. They have state-of-the-art diesel engines and can direct their spread much more precisely. Salt is harmful to the environment so the less CBC uses the better. The salt can also cost up to £45 a ton.

Another benefit is that passing and following vehicles won’t be as badly peppered by the grit. CBC says that with their new machines, residents won’t be able to tell if they are gritting or returning empty to the depot to refill. Residents will also be able to track the new gritters’ progress online.

To celebrate the new fleet, CBC is asking residents to suggests names for them. It is easy to put forward a name, just email namethegritter@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk and the Council will pick the best.