Help to find a name for the latest additions to Warwickshire’s fleet of green gritters

The chosen names will be displayed on each of the new vehicles

Warwickshire County Council is seeking name suggestions from residents for their five new gritters. Photo submitted
Warwickshire County Council is seeking name suggestions from residents for their five new gritters. Photo submitted

Warwickshire County Council is seeking name suggestions from residents for their five new gritters.

The new gritters, which are low-emission models, will be helping to maintain roads across Warwickshire this winter.

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The council is now seeking help from residents to give the new gritters names, which will be displayed on each of the new vehicles.

The rules are:

~ Send name suggestions to [email protected] or on Twitter: @Warwickshire_CC and or message them on Facebook: Warwickshire County Council

~ Name suggestions should be creative and funny, but please keep them clean.

~ Suggestions will be accepted up to the end of Sunday 15 November.

~ After this time, officers from the Council will select their favourite names.

The council have said that Gritty McGritface and True Grit are both already the names of gritters in Shropshire and Doncaster Council’s respective gritting fleets.

Every time weather requires gritting, the Warwickshire County Council gritting fleet treats approximately 1,100 miles of carriageway over 29 different routes.

The average number of times that there is a requirement to treat roads is approximately 60 per year, so it is in the region of 66,000 miles per annum travelled by Warwickshire gritters. That’s around three times round the entire planet!

The county holds around 14,000 Tonnes of salt in stock across five depots at the start of winter and in an average winter it will get through around 12,000 tonnes.

Salt stocks are kept topped up in case of prolonged spells of cold and icy weather.

Cllr Jeff Clarke, Warwickshire County Council portfolio holder for transport and highways, said: “Our gritting fleet in Warwickshire does a fantastic job keeping the network running smoothly across the winter months.

"The five new gritters joining the fleet are a welcome addition to our efforts as a council of ensuring residents are supported by excellent transport infrastructure.

“We have selected the models based on their low emissions so that we are keeping our commitment to doing all that we can, within our business, of reducing our Carbon footprint.

“I am looking forward to hearing from residents their suggestions for names for our five new gritters!”