Warsash school children get surprise visit from gritter Spread Sheeran

Spread Sheeran, one of Hampshire Highways’ fleet of 43 gritters, made a special visit to the children that named it

Jan 31 2019

Spread Sheeran hero
The state-of-the-art vehicle pulled up at Hook-with-Warsash CofE Academy after a special assembly highlighting the importance of road safety led by Councillor Rob Humby, Executive Member for Environment and Transport for Hampshire County Council. Year 5 children, who collectively named Spread Sheeran, and another gritter – The Grittiest Showman - got a chance to see one of the lorries close up.
Cllr Humby said: “It’s been great fun having our school children involved in naming our gritters. I was delighted to personally go to Hook-with-Warsash CofE Academy to meet the children, talk to them about how the gritters help keep Hampshire moving during cold weather and also raise awareness of how the children need to be safe and be seen during the dark winter months. Hampshire County Council can help schools to do this through the Junior Road Safety Scheme we offer.”

Cllr Humby presented Year 5 with canvas pictures of the two lorries they had named. 

A number of the new highways winter vehicles have been given names including a public poll via the @hantshighways Twitter feed which chose Luke Snow Walker and BBC Radio Solent listeners who named Gritter Garbo.

Councillor Humby continued: “Hampshire Highways’ gritters are on 24-hour standby, seven days a week, from 1 October right through until the end of April, to deal with winter conditions. We may not see them out on the roads all the time as they’re often working through the night spreading salt ahead of the morning rush hour.”

Hampshire’s Highways teams are ready for cold weather, which is forecast to stretch into the beginning of February.

Highways crews will always salt Hampshire’s main roads first.  These ‘Priority one’ routes cover approximately one third of the county road network but carry the majority of Hampshire’s traffic; covering A roads, some B roads, major bus routes, roads to hospitals and other key emergency hubs, large schools and colleges, areas of high traffic concentration and public transport interchanges.  During periods of prolonged severe weather, ‘Priority two’ routes, which include remaining B roads and single access roads to villages, may also be treated. Maps of priority gritting routes can be found at: https://maps.hants.gov.uk/highwayssaltroutes

Everyone should be ready to adapt the way they drive in winter when the conditions can make driving more hazardous – RoSPA has some helpful winter driving tips.

Follow our ‘gritter twitter’ @HantsHighways to find out when and where the salting lorries are going out, throughout winter. 
Further information on Hampshire roads during severe weather