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islandroadsgrittingnamingSchool children across the Island have named the winter gritters in Island Roads’ state-of-the-art new fleet.

Brad Gritt, Sally, Snowy, Frosty, George and Goliath will all be out across the Island keeping the road network safe throughout the winter months following a school naming competition run by Island Roads.

These six new gritters are fitted with the latest ‘pre-wet’ technology which sprays the salt immediately with brine solution prior to it being spread on the carriageway. This technology ensures salt sticks to the highway and gets to work on the road surface straight away and limits salt drifting onto roadside verges and hedges.

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Paul Herbert, Island Roads Service Director, said:

“We are really proud of the new arrivals which will help us to deliver a first class winter service to residents and visitors of the Isle of Wight.

“This competition provided a perfect opportunity for us to continue our work with local schools to generate awareness of the winter service and further engender a grass roots interest in engineering. We were inundated with entries and were really impressed with the creativity the children have shown in coming up with names.”

Headteacher at St George’s School, Sue Holman added:

“Our students thoroughly enjoyed taking part in this competition and were absolutely delighted to see these massive vehicles arrive at our school for everyone to see. All our pupils will now keep a special eye out for these, George and Snowy in particular. We’re very proud of Jamie-May Medway and Tom Chapman for their winning entries.”

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