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MITIE shifted 180,000 tonnes of snow

10 February 2011

All-weather gritting teams from MITIE carried out 40,000 gritting sessions in December, about two-thirds of its average winter total, the company reported this week.

MITIE's specialist teams cleared more than 180,000 tonnes of snow from over 2,000 client premises including hospitals, schools, retail parks and business estates, drawing on its expanded fleet of vehicles. The gritting units, from MITIE's landscaping arm  has an extensive winter gritting and snow clearing capability and normally carries out over 60,000 grits each winter. More than 250 people in MITIE’s gritting and snow clearing teams worked tirelessly throughout the month (including right through the holidays).
Last autumn it bought 10 specially-adapted Land Rovers for snow clearance around the country, expecting to use them in early 2011. But the fleet of all-weather vehicles, equipped with snow ploughs, gritters and all-weather tyres, saw continuous action throughout December.
Richard Hughes, MITIE's Gritting Manager comments: "The UK’s business community undoubtedly suffered as a result of December’s bad weather but those who chose MITIE’s winter gritting and snow clearing service were among the first back in business. It has been an extraordinary time for us – just because the snow has largely gone doesn’t mean we can drop our guard. Our people remain on standby right up until the end of April, ready to spring into action at a moment’s notice. The Government has launched a study into what type of winters we can expect in the future as this year’s bad weather follows on from last year’s winter which was the worst in 30 years. Maybe we should prepare ourselves for even colder winters to come?"


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