Preparations begin to make sure county is ready for the possibility of severe winter

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TWENTY thousand tonnes of Egyptain salt has arrived in the county, to double-up stock levels ahead of this winter.

Executive member for highways and transportation, Coun William Webb, said: “It may be sunny outside, but we’re getting ready for winter now.

“It makes sense to boost our salt stock levels at this time of year to take advantage of lower prices, getting better value for Lincolnshire taxpayers.

“The salt comes all the way from Egypt and is some of the purest in world. It is extremely fine, so we need less of it because it cuts through ice more quickly. Quite simply, it’s perfect to use on our roads and helps keep the county moving in freezing conditions.”

The last two winters have seen 29,000 and 32,000 tonnes of salt used, respectively, in the county, compared to a more typical 18,000 tonnes.

Forty three gritters treat 3,000km priority roads – a distance from here to Cairo – as a precaution in less than four hours when the temperature drops to one degree and is predicated to fall further.