Suffolk Highways completes 100 gritting runs so far this winter, covering 110,671 miles of road

Gritting teams in Suffolk have completed 100 runs. Picture: Simon Parker

Gritting teams in Suffolk have completed 100 runs. Picture: Simon Parker - Credit: Archant

Gritting teams in Suffolk have treated enough miles of road to travel around the world more than four times.

Up to now 100 gritting runs have been undertaken by Suffolk Highways, treating 110,671 miles of the county's roads network in the process.

So far this winter 12,232 tonnes of salt has been used – equivalent to around 1,750 male African elephants.

Mostly taking place throughout the night and early morning, the gritting rounds last about three and a half hours.

During the winter season's busiest period, 45 gritting runs were completed between January 9 and January 29.

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Suffolk County Council leader Colin Noble said: 'Those working on the gritting runs are often working unsociable hours in temperatures at, or below, freezing to keep the county moving. The fact we have been out gritting on our highways network 100 times this winter already shows a real commitment to keeping our roads safe.'

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