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With winter well and truly here, we all need to be prepared for wetter, windier and colder weather with the added hazards associated with shorter daylight hours.

Connect Plus Services has a planned preventative and reactive winter maintenance service which operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and traditionally runs until the end of April.

During the summer months, salt stocks were replenished and the fleet itself serviced to ensure that when the really cold weather bites, we are ready to do all we can to ensure that road users are not endangered by snow or ice.

We have over 150 qualified drivers and a fleet of 37 dedicated gritting vehicles. These all operate from the eight depots around the network to keep traffic moving, on the 27 treatment routes that cover our road network.

Connect Plus Services is running a competition to name our winter fleet vehicles, the shortlist includes:

  • Sir Gritalot
  • Snoel Gallagher
  • Roger Spreaderer
  • Gritty Gritty Bang Bang

Voting closes on Thursday 15 December. Please vote for your favourite via twitter or by emailing – we’ll unveil our named snow patrol on Monday 19 December.