GPS technology means you can track council gritters during icy weather

A gritting lorry at work.
A gritting lorry at work.

Gritting lorries have been fitted with GPS tracking systems so that people can see where they’re working during icy weather.

The trackers are just one way that Bedford Borough Council plans to keep the public up to date when severe weather hits.

There’s also a dedicated Twitter account - @grittertweets - where updates on road conditions and gritting runs will be posted around the clock.

And a winter maintenance webpage at www.bedford.gov.uk/winterupdates is an easy way to get daily updates including the latest on public transport and bin collections.

The whereabouts of gritting teams can also be looked up in real time by visiting the webpage.

In preparation for freezing temperatures as winter closes in, the council has secured more than 5,000 tonnes of gritting salt to help ensure the borough keeps moving.

To reach the areas that lorries cannot get to, a specially adapted quad bike will be used.

Mayor Dave Hodgson said: “We have made sure we are well stocked with plenty of salt to treat our roads and have real time systems to ensure local residents and businesses are kept informed.

“Of course, we all hope for a mild winter but local residents can be assured that if the weather is harsh, we are well prepared to minimise the impact and keep the borough moving.”