Seven new high-tech gritting vehicles will be helping keep Norfolk’s roads safe this winter and Norse Highways teams will be behind the wheel.

Norse Highways crews are all geared up and will be available every day throughout the long winter period, ready to grit the 49 routes that cover more than 2,200 treated miles across Norfolk. Last year over 10,800 tonnes of salt were used to grit Norfolk’s roads.

The new vehicles are being rolled out as part of Norfolk County Council’s plans to update its fleet of gritters, and will be managed and driven by Norse Highways, replacing seven older vehicles.

Jason Glasspoole, Operations Director at Norse Highways, said his team was ready for the job in hand as the conditions now begin to turn colder.

“The new technology is more efficient at salt distribution and you get almost instant results and adjustments in the amount of salt being dispensed on to the road and the area of coverage,” he said. “All of which is even more efficient.”

Cllr Martin Wilby, Cabinet Member for Highways and Infrastructure, said: “These new gritters will have a long road ahead of them, as Norse Highways teams do their vital job to keep people safe as the colder weather sets in throughout the winter.

“It’s important for us to stay up to date and use the latest technology to be as efficient as possible, which is why we’re making these replacements. But it’s also important that people drive to conditions and be more careful as the nights draw in and we start seeing ice in the mornings.”

As the vehicles joined the fleet, Norfolk County Council recently launched a competition to find seven creative names from Norfolk schoolchildren. The winning entries will be announced on Monday 9 November and each name will be written on one of the new gritters along with the name of the school.

Road safety tips during winter:

People can stay safe by following the winter driving tips on the Norfolk County Council website: www.norfolk.gov.uk/NorfolkWinter