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Are there gritters in London

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Grafter
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Re: Are there gritters in London

Expect a shortage at your local Tescos then as if its that bad they'll be getting whatever they can lay their hands on and mixing it  Smiley
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Re: Are there gritters in London

To be fair - despite all the criticism over the last few days - this is the worse snowfall for 18 years.
So when councils are being strapped for cash - do they take  a calculated decisions and not invest in protecting roads from snow and ice to the degree necessary now. Huh
But maybe the UK Government should fund a strategic reserve as they do for other essentials.

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Grafter
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Didn't know we reserved anything for the benefit of the citizens anyway.
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Re: Are there gritters in London

People used to put t' ashes from coal fire on t' pavements to stop people sliping 'n' sliding.
Hang on - they've closed all the coal mines.
Pity.

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Coal fires would have been banned by now in homes under health and safety even if they hadn't  Roll_eyes
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Re: Are there gritters in London

Quote from: axisofevil
Hang on - they've closed all the coal mines.
Pity.

Not quite,
East Pit Surface coal mine in South Wales returned to full production last September and network Rail reopened the Gwaun-Cae-Gurwen branch line there and coal is transported by rail by DB Schenker !!!!.
http://www.coal.com/?page_id=158
And there are others......
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So the Germans are running our railways now, are they?

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Re: Are there gritters in London

can't be else they'd have the tracks cleared in a trice and the trains running on time. Tongue
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Yes - the German railway company bought EWS - the largest UK freight company
http://www.ews-railway.co.uk/
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freight only.  how sad for passengers.
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No  Wink EWS have a license to operate passenger trains.
They have a charter set of coaches, and haul a lot of specials, they haul the Scotrail sleepers,
and er the Royal Train .... !!

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Re: Are there gritters in London

Don't know about gritters in London but they came round here this morning at 12.50 a.m. - lights flashing and making one hell of a noise. Woke me up and couldn't get back to sleep properly so I got up about 4.30 a.m. and used some free time on my computer.
Goodness knows what that lot cost us rate payers (time and half for the night shift?).
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Re: Are there gritters in London

earlier this week, I was stood on the pavement and the snow plough came by - and yes you guessed it I got covered in slush and salt  Angry
luckily the bus was only a few hundred meters behind - so I could warm up .
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Grafter
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Going off on a tangent slightly.
Someone in the town where I live has been down to the beach, hauled up a load of sand and chucked it all over the pavements. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought it had to be "sharp sand" rather than sand from the beach, because the latter could be just as dangerous as ice.
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yes - it is really rock salt that is put on the roads and pavements
good story from the beeb here
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/7871816.stm