Winter gritting services

How does Clearway Gritting grit business premises effectively in bad weather?

Wednesday 18 September, 2019

It is essential that all businesses organise a winter gritting contractor to grit their company’s private access roads, car parks and footpaths so workers can easily get to and from work in snow and ice. 

Clearway Gritting use the Met Office forecast to decide when and where to grit

Clearway Gritting use the national and local weather forecasts from the Met Office so they know when bad weather is forecast and the most likely places that will be affected by snow and ice.  Clearway Gritting has access to bespoke forecast information and can speak to Met Office forecasters to get the most up to date information on the weather predictions.

What information do gritting companies need from the Met Office in order to grit business premises effectively?

The team at Clearway Gritting is in touch with the Met Office regularly during bad weather as we need to decide when we send our teams out to grit our client’s premises.  We look at local information so we can decide which areas to grit. 

For example if rain is forecast but temperatures are due to be close to freezing we would send out our gritting teams because we would be concerned that the rain could freeze to create ice.  However, we would take into consideration when the Met Office expect showers and how heavy they are likely to be because there would be a danger any grit we put down could be dispersed. 

Andrew Sherriff, Director, Clearway Gritting, St Albans, Hertfordshire said:

’There are many factors we take into consideration when we decide where and when to grit.  It is really important that we monitor the road surface temperatures rather than the air temperatures as we need to make sure that when we put down the grit it will work effectively.  Whether there is cloud cover, how long the night is and the angle of the sun in certain areas and on different days will affect ground temperature.  We have worked with most of our clients for several years now so we understand the layout of their premises and can work with them to optimise the winter gritting services we offer.’

Andrew Sherriff, Director, Clearway Gritting, St Albans, Hertfordshire continued:

‘Clearway Gritting has provided winter gritting maintenance for fifteen years and we are now the largest winter gritting contractor in the south-east of England.  We work from seven depots in Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Buckinghamshire and North London. We work with a variety of private businesses, retail parks, industrial parks, universities, supermarkets and hospitals by gritting their car parks, private roads and footpaths.  Our clients trust us to know when to send out gritting teams to grit their premises.  They understand that we work with the Met Office team to analyse weather patterns and work out the optimal time to grit. When you choose a gritting contractor it is really important that you employ a reliable gritting company.  We recommend you use our five point action plan in order to choose the best gritting company for your circumstances.  If you would like to find out more about how the Clearway gritting teams work and understand how we grit effectively in bad weather please contact a member of our St Albans gritting team on 01727 851837.

For more information read: How the Met Office warns winter gritting contractors of snowfall; Clearway Gritting celebrates fifteen years of winter gritting maintenance


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