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Get a gritter Twitter

The social networking phenomena Twitter is now providing live updates on Warwickshire’s gritting activity.

Anyone interested in keeping up to speed on where the gritters are in the county can visit http://twitter.com/WarwickWinter

Last night Warwickshire County Council’s gritting operation started at 6.30pm with ploughs mounted on the vehicles and all precautionary routes were treated. A further two runs were carried out through the night with ploughing carried out as necessary.

Each time the 33 gritting lorries head out on their routes they grit 1,740km of roads in Warwickshire, this equates to 47 per cent of all the county’s road and includes all the primary routes.

At 9am this morning only one road in Warwickshire was reported as closed because of the weather the A422 Sunrising Hill, Tysoe.

The Met Office issued the following weather report for Warwickshire at 9am: “A few snow flurries expected to continue through the morning possibly more in the south of the county which could add 1cm to lying snow. Overcast. Showers ceasing around lunchtime and skies clearing and a cold but dry night expected.

The latest addition to Twitter follows a new service offering parents and carers details of emergency school closures through Twitter.

These ‘tweets’ can be viewed at http://www.twitter.com/wccschoolclosed

All of the gritting routes and other travel information can be viewed at http://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/travel

Cllr Alan Cockburn, Warwickshire County Council’s Portfolio Holder for the Environment, said: “Our new gritter Twitter is an interesting use of the latest technology, keeping people updated as to where the gritters are at any point.”

John Betts, Warwickshire County Council’s Head of Resources for Children, Young People and Families, said: “We are encouraging parents and carers to log onto our Twitter site for the latest updates on school closures.

“By following Warwickshire County Council’s Twitter feeds, they can monitor up-to-the-minute information if schools are affected by bad weather or any unforeseen emergencies.”

The public can still receive updates through text and email, by visiting the county council website or tuning into their local radio station.

Using Twitter is the latest of a number of innovations the county council has implemented to make this vital information as widely available as possible.

Warwickshire’s free school closure text message service has approved popular with parents in previous years. The service automatically issues a text message to all users of the service when schools have had to close.

It only takes a couple of minutes to sign up online at http://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/schoolclosures and up to three schools can be selected by each user.