Southend-on-Sea shows true grit as the temperature drops

Winter is here and Veolia, in partnership with Southend-on-Sea Borough Council, is already gritting Southend’s main road network to keep the community safe, despite the ongoing pandemic.

Gritter being loaded with salt

Veolia's street cleansing teams in Southend are ready with three gritting vehicles on stand-by, 122 salt bins and 1,500 tonnes of salt in reserve to keep the borough moving. Last year, the three gritters covering Southend were named by local residents, who had entered a competition to name the vehicles.

So ‘Brad Grit’, ‘Thaw Enforcement’ and ‘Grit Me Baby One More Time’ are all on round-the-clock standby to respond according to the severity of the weather. All priority areas will be gritted first, including hospitals, nursing homes, train stations and bus stops. In the event of heavy snowfall or widespread ice, additional roads will be gritted in priority order after the main network of roads have been treated.

As well as the roads, Veolia uses small gritting vehicles to keep miles of pavements and walkways safe across the borough.

Stuart Atkinson, Contract Manager for Veolia said:

"Our street cleansing teams work hard all year round to keep Southend clean and safe. Despite the ongoing pandemic, our gritting teams will be working hard again this winter to keep road conditions safe for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians."

Cllr Carole Mulroney, cabinet member for environment and planning, said: “Keeping Southend moving whatever the weather is crucial for our residents, businesses, and emergency services, and we are ready to act when the need arises.

“I would like to urge all residents to ensure they check their vehicles and road conditions before setting out on what, at the moment, must be essential journeys only, and even then, if conditions are poor consider waiting until the weather improves, giving our gritters the ability to treat our roads.”

Published: 5th February 2021

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