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Norfolk’s gritting team is thanked for their help on the roads during the snow

18:22 07 February 2013

EDP and Evening News gives chocolate bars to the Norfolk County Council gritter drivers to say thank you for keeping the roads clear during the snow. Drivers at the Aylsham depot, left to right, Peter Willimott, Joe Harris, Gill Stonestreet and Liam Cooper.
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

EDP and Evening News gives chocolate bars to the Norfolk County Council gritter drivers to say thank you for keeping the roads clear during the snow. Drivers at the Aylsham depot, left to right, Peter Willimott, Joe Harris, Gill Stonestreet and Liam Cooper. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2013

When the snow comes down and icy conditions make driving difficult, it’s the job of Norfolk County Council’s gritting team to come to the rescue and help keep the county’s road network running.

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Throughout the recent wintry weather the team worked around the clock to grit the roads and help make them safer for drivers, and to say thank you for their vital work the Norwich Evening News and EDP visited the gritting team’s Aylsham depot with dozens of chocolate bars.

Norwich Evening News and EDP editor Nigel Pickover said: “The gritting team played a vital role in helping people stay safe on the roads during the recent big freeze. The chocolate is a token of our thanks on behalf of our readers.”

When members of the gritting team were asked about what it was like working in the heavy snow, driver Gill Stonestreet said: “For me, it’s the best time. I love the adrenaline rush you get from it, I love the business. I love the urgency of being needed. I feel we’re an emergency service.”

Liam Cooper said: “It was quite intense. The busy 10 days we had were beginning to stretch us. We were working midnight to midday for nine days on the spin.”

The priority gritting routes include 2,063 miles (3301km) of Norfolk’s roads and the whole priority network is treated in about three hours.

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5 comments

  • Crikey, these council workers are paid bundles of cash for doing their job,can't see why they deserve the chocolates, most people I know, believed these people just hid up and didn't do what it said on the tin,7 hours journeys across one part of Norwich to the other side of Norwich is proof to their view, along with all the schools that shut due to dangerous and untreated main roads. Rewarding failure, another new norm.

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    nrg

    Thursday, February 7, 2013

  • Well done on trying to keep the road's clear now how about getting out of your warm cab's and doing some path clearing so the old folk can get about. Maybe you will get a chocolate bar with fruit and nut in next time.

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    loco

    Friday, February 8, 2013

  • Thank you to you all for helping to keep the roads as clear as possible. I would like to think that most of us appreciate all your efforts.

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    Jaguar

    Thursday, February 7, 2013

  • Diesel ##ei#

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    nnaw

    Friday, February 8, 2013

  • Well done to you all, just wish my boss would thank me for driving 20 miles to work everyday on time during the bad weather.

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    Bruce87

    Thursday, February 7, 2013

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