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Durham County Council pledges to show true grit this winter

A FLEET of snow-busting machines will keep North roads safe this winter.

A FLEET of snow-busting machines will keep North roads safe this winter. Durham County Council's gritters are gearing up for the cold weather.

And this year the council will be upping the number of bus routes and pavements gritted as part of an improvement programme designed to make the county a safer place when the mercury tumbles. The council has been given £1m from health bosses to increase the number of pavements gritted to make things safer during spells of cold weather.

And detailed weather forecasts will be made more readily available to residents via text message and on the internet.

Councillor Bob Young, the portfolio holder with responsibility for winter maintenance, said: “Last winter was tougher than ever, with severe spells of cold and snow putting huge demands on our services.

“This in turn raised concerns and increased requests for us to broaden the number of routes gritted. Our aim is to make sure that people can safely go to work or school and access essential services. We have responded quickly and with gusto. There is real determination to keep the county moving whatever the weather.”

:: Details of the forecasting service can be found at



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