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TRUE GRIT! LORRIES READY TO GO TO WORK AS 'BEAST FROM THE EAST' SWEEPS IN.

Byline: ANDY RICHARDS Content Editor andy.richards@trinitymirror.com

A FLEET of gritting lorries was set to swing into action in Birmingham today as significant snow showers seemed likely to sweep the region.

And bus bosses pledged to do their best to keep the West Midlands moving in expected arctic conditions.

The Met Office has issued an Amber "be prepared" weather warning with snow expected to affect motorways and major A roads.

A fleet of 25 gritters swings into action in BIRMINGHAM whenever the temperature is predicted to drop below zero.

We must passengers at all times, making which roads will Private contractor Amey will run the gritting operation across the city. It said its fleet was "geared for action" and were part of a winter team which was on standby 24 hours-a-day, seven days a Tom week, from October until May each year.

Luke Turner, winter maintenance manager for Amey, said: "So far this season, our teams have been called out 74 times.

"We are expecting a number of snow showers over the next few days, and wintry conditions look set to last through the week."

And he revealed that Amey has fitted ploughs to the gritters in readiness for any snow, and also had extra crews on standby so they could operate around the clock.

Birmingham is braced for a week of snow and plunging temperatures as the 'Beast from the East' hits the region.

Wind chill temperatures are set to feel as low as -13C later this week, some forecasters say.

Bus operator National Express West Midlands reminded customers to check online for the very latest travel information before they set out in snowy weather.

Tom Stables, Managing Director of National Express West Midlands, said: "My garage teams will do their very best to keep the West Midlands moving through this week's arctic conditions, and our plan is always to run normal services.

keep our and staff safe so we will be judgements about buses run on Stables "But we must keep our passengers and our staff safe at all times, so we will be making judgments about which roads buses will run on according to local conditions at the time.

"The best place to find out what's going on is our website and our Twitter feed. We will be constantly updating them in real time."

National Express West Midlands is liaising with local authorities about gritting bus routes in all the seven boroughs.

roads. gritters in winter standby in snowy Tom "But We must keep our passengers and staff safe at all times, so we will be making judgements about which roads buses will run on Tom Stables

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