GRITTERS are out in force today (July 23) on Cumbria’s roads in response to soaring temperatures.

Usually deployed in cold snaps to combat freezing, Cumbria County Council’s (CCC) gritters will be spreading crushed rock dust in an effort to protect road surfaces.


CCC said bitumen surfaces have started to become sticky and viscous and under these conditions, bits of the road surface can stick to tyres.

The crushed rock, in particle sizes between 3mm and dust, helps protect roads and vehicles from damage by putting a fine non-stick layer between road and tyre.

Councillor Keith Little, Cabinet Member for highways, said: “If the bitumen becomes overheated this has the potential to lead to a loss of shape in the carriageway surface as well as affecting vehicles.

“The process is a bit like when you roll dough, you have to flour the surface first in order for the dough to stop sticking.

“It shows we’re having the foresight to protect our roads from longer term damage, saving money and also avoiding damage to people’s vehicles.”

CCC said the roads being treated included:

1. A595 - Seven Acres to Greengarth Junction

2. A595 Just Past Ravenglass Junction to top of Broadoak

3. Station Road Bootle - From A595 to just past Bootle Depot

4. Irton Levels - From A595 Holmrook to Irton Hall

5. B5344 Gosforth Crossroads to Calder Gate Junction

6. B5345 Iron Bridge to Howman

7. Outrigg Road / Marlborough Road, St Bees

8. Wath Brow to Ennerdale

9. A5086 Edgars Garage to Lamplugh School Junction

10. Asby Junction to 30mph at old "Sun Inn" Pub

11. B5294 Rheda 30mph to Threaplands 30mph

12. Rosehill Coal Road - From A595 Parton to Moresby Parks Roundabout