The council’s winter maintenance teams have been called upon dozens of times in the last few months with gritters covering thousands of miles.

The first grit run of the season was on November 10 and since then the service has been activated another 47 times with gritters travelling 10,507 miles and spreading 1,063 tonnes of salt.

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The service is on standby from the end of October until the start of April, ready to act whenever temperatures take a dip.

Decisions to grit, or not grit, are based on the local forecast provided by Metdesk.

The gritting routes are serviced by a four-vehicle team, and it takes up to five hours to complete the full gritting route.

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Cllr Alan Quinn, cabinet member for the environment, climate change and operations, said: “Our winter service team are always at the ready for any cold snap that comes their way.

“The dedicated team do a fantastic job keeping 290 roads and streets across the borough clear of ice and snow.

“They work right the way through the night when conditions demand it and play a key role in keeping essential services running when conditions are at their worst.”