Dorset gritters named by residents

TEN Dorset gritters have been named by residents ahead of the cold snap expected this winter.

After the extreme weather of last winter – which saw 24-hour working to keep strategic roads open – Dorset Highways asked residents to name their gritting fleet.

The team enjoyed reading through the many suggestions, and the following names have now been unveiled:

  • Chillingstone
  • Cold-Harbour
  • Gold Chill
  • Spreadisbury
  • Ice Maiden Newton
  • Osmington Chills
  • Wooly Monkey
  • Wimborne Monster
  • Polar Bere Regis
  • Cerne Giant’s Chilly

The final names were chosen by the gritter drivers and, where possible, the vehicles are being named after the route they serve. The gritters can be seen branded with their new names in the video below.

Martin Hill from Dorset Highways said: “During the snow events of February and March quite a number of people got in touch and asked whether we could name our gritters like other authorities have.

“We thought this was a great idea, so we challenged residents to come up with Dorset-themed names for our dedicated vehicles – and we’re delighted with the final names.”

Dorset Highways’ winter service started on November 1 with more than 80 drivers on a shift pattern to ensure 22 drivers can jump into action for any 12-hour period.

Twenty-two main routes cover the 680-miles of road that make up the gritted network, which accounts for 27 per cent of the county council’s roads.

Follow @TravelDorset on Twitter to stay up to date with this winter’s gritting action. You can also find all gritting information online.

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