7,500 hours of overtime clearing snow recognised by council

Snow drifts engulf the raod to Ringsfield near Beccles.Picture: Nick Butcher

Snow drifts engulf the raod to Ringsfield near Beccles.Picture: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

Highways staff, farmers and contractors who went over and above during the recent snowstorms in Norfolk are to be recognised by Norfolk County Council.

Gritter lorries will be taking to the county's roads tonight and tomorrow morning. Picture: Ian Burt

Gritter lorries will be taking to the county's roads tonight and tomorrow morning. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: IAN BURT

Members of the council's highways winter maintenance team, including a gritter driver, excavator driver and fitter, and a farmer have been invited to attend the start of the council's environment, development and transport committee.

Chairman Martin Wilby will recognise their 'extraordinary' efforts with a short speech.

The council fleet of 49 gritter trucks were in almost continuous use between Monday, February 26 and Sunday, March 4, gritting roads, clearing snow and helping to free stranded motorists, supported by contractors and around 80 farmers who are under contract to help clear roads during extreme weather.

It is estimated that highways staff worked an additional 7,500 hours during this seven day period.


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