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Last chance for youngsters to name new gritters

The county council's new gritter needs a name

Primary school children across Leicestershire still have time to name three gritters.

Youngsters are being invited to don their thinking caps and name the new vehicles used to clear roads of ice and snow.

The children with the winning names will be visited by “their” gritter and its crew, and the names will be painted on as part of its livery.


Gritters are a vital part of keeping the county’s roads safe during the winter months.

“I’m looking forward to seeing what inventive suggestions pupils can come up with. It is a great way for youngsters to get involved and learn about the challenges of winter weather.


Suggestions can be sent in by individuals, school classes or indeed the whole school. They should include the name they have thought of, together with the name and address of their school, and the class or child’s name if relevant.

Since the end of October, our gritting teams have been out more than 15 times - including the weekend - treating key routes and assessing minor roads. 

There is 18,500 tonnes of grit stockpiled ready for use and whenever icy conditions are forecast, the gritters spread roughly 170 tonnes of the special salt and molasses mix each night, covering around 1,300 miles of highway.

Enter Name the Gritter competition

The deadline for entries is Friday, 21 December.

The winners will be chosen by a judging panel and will be announced early January.

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