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Gritting teams set to go.

Birmingham's anti-ice operation is ready to swing into action with a gigantic pile of 7,000 tonnes of grit ready for any big freeze.

Council leaders highlighted the pounds 2 million initiative, with 30 lorry crews on constant standby to swing into action. Coun John Tyrrell, cabinet member for transport, was at the depot in Thimble Mill Lane, Aston, where the team is based.

He said: 'We are prepared to deal with ice and snow problems as and when they might arise.' There are ten sensors at locations around the city which can quickly detect factors like humidity and temperature. It takes four hours to grit the major roads in the city after a decision is made to send out the lorries.

A quad bike is used to deal with ice in pedestrian areas and hand pushed spreaders can also be used. Each gritting truck can carry seven tonnes of rock salt and on each precautionary run, about 120 tonnes in total is used.
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Nov 14, 2003
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