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Moray MP receives update on gritting policy following icy conditions

Gritters out on the roads.
Gritters out on the roads.

After being contacted by several concerned residents about icy conditions, Moray MP Douglas Ross has asked Moray Council for an update on their gritting policy.

Motorists and pedestrians from across Moray got in touch with Mr Ross, who is also a road safety campaigner, to tell him of the icy roads and pavements they had encountered in the last two weeks.

Locals reported that, on several occasions, various surfaces had been left untreated. This caused a few drivers travelling on those roads to be involved in minor collisions and locals to slip on the street pavements that were coated with a sheet of ice.

Mr Ross contacted Moray Council to ask why some areas of Moray were not gritted.

The Road Maintenance Manager for Moray Council responded by explaining how their enacting of normal pre-treatment of all priority routes has been thwarted by a combination of rain, slush and snow on the high roads that was more than the forecast had predicted. This meant that the salt that was distributed washed off.

Mr Ross said: “The teams employed to keep our roads and pavements clear of snow and ice do a great job in difficult conditions.

“We have already seen one gritter lorry go off the road this winter, which shows the dangers these drivers are working in and they deserve all our thanks and credit, but I want to be sure the policies they are working to are fit for purpose.”

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