With winter just around the corner, Ealing Council’s gritting teams are on standby to keep the roads open and traffic moving.
Ealing Council is one of the few local authorities in the country with a purpose-built storage barn for its grit. This means that sufficient grit can be stockpiled throughout the year to keep main roads and pathways clear.
As much as 5,000 tonnes can be stored at any one time – the equivalent of 714 double decker buses. More than 1,000 tonnes of grit was spread on Ealing streets last winter.
Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for transport and environment, visited the depot in person last week to ensure that everything was in place for the coming cold months.
The decision on whether to deploy the council’s eight gritters is based on information from the Met Office and from considering prevailing weather conditions. And, despite it still being officially autumn, the road-surface temperature has already dropped low enough to require the gritters to go out at night several times.
Councillor Mahfouz said: “I was impressed with what I saw at the depot in Greenford today. Ealing is well prepared for the cold weather once again and we have plenty of grit to keep our main roads clear over the winter.”