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Connect Plus Services, which operates the M25 road network on behalf of Highways England, asked its customers to name its winter fleet at the beginning of December.

The organisation has 35 gritters, sprayers and snow ploughs based at eight winter service depots across the M25 road network and is on standby 24/7 throughout the winter months to keep the motorway and its major trunk road connections running. With 166 qualified drivers, they are ready to spring into action as soon as the roads need treating.

The naming campaign was launched via the CPS website and its Twitter feed (www.twitter.com/@CPServices_M25), inviting suggestions throughout the first three weeks of December.

“We were delighted by the response” says managing director Brian Johns. “We received more than 200 suggestions from local schools, our customers and staff.”

Suggestions included:

  • Ready Salted
  • Everest
  • Gritney Houston
  • The Grit Escape
  • Gritterball

The newly named winter fleet and the depots they operate from are: Polar Express (Dartford, Kent); Gruffalo Gritter (Blunts Farm, Essex), Snow Surrender (Denham, Buckinghamshire), Blizzard Basher (Leatherhead, Surrey), Sir Gritalot (Swanley, Kent), Gritty Gritty Bang Bang (Scratchwood, Greater London), Salt-a-saurus (South Mimms, Hertfordshire) and Roger Spreaderer (Sunbury, Surrey).

Brian advises: “Transport is critical to the economy. We will be working around the clock to keep our major roads clear. Drivers can support this by planning their journeys properly and leaving adequate time for travel this winter.”

He adds: “In light of his record breaking third title of BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year, perhaps we should have called one Andy Flurry.”

Look out for the named vehicles as they go about their work keeping the M25 running, whatever the weather.

More information about winter driving is available http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/barometer/get-ready-for-winter/travel-advice