Follow that gritter!
A new service which allows local residents to track the exact
location of gritting lorries in Bedford Borough is now available on
the Council website.
The technology uses GPS to track the vehicles location and
relays this to the Council website. The location of the lorries as
they make their way around the borough is then shown in real time.
This is the latest addition to the Council’s efforts to keep the
public informed and the borough moving during the cold weather and
joins the popular Gritter Twitter and Winter Maintenance
The new service, launched in conjunction with Highways Services
contractor Amey, can be viewed at any time on the Council’s Winter
Just under half of the borough’s roads are salted, including all
A and B roads as well as other important local roads.
Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said: “Enabling
residents to follow the exact location of the gritters through this
new online service is an excellent use of the GPS technology, and
the latest step in our drive to keep residents as informed and
up-to-date as possible when periods of harsh weather arrive.
“We have worked extremely hard in recent years to make sure the
borough is well prepared for a harsh winter. We have expanded the
gritting network, pledged to plough additional roads in heavy
snowfall, purchased a specially adapted quad bike to treat
footpaths and sourced salt from around the world to bypass national
“In addition, we have also taken extra steps to make sure our
residents can keep in touch with us. Our 24 hour Gritter Twitter
service and regularly updated Winter Maintenance webpage are
continuing to prove popular. We have now added to this with the
option for residents to track our gritting lorries across the
“The map will be a novelty for many people but the technology
also allows anyone to see the gritting routes taken by the lorries.
This can help residents to plan their journeys during very harsh
weather as well as demonstrating all the Council’s efforts to keep
the borough moving.”
The gritting lorries can be viewed from here: http://apps.bedford.gov.uk/winterupdates/