True grit for 2,600 miles of icy Islington roads

PUBLISHED: 17:34 11 April 2015

A total of 2,600 miles of Islington's roads were gritted Pic: David Cheskin/PA

A total of 2,600 miles of Islington's roads were gritted Pic: David Cheskin/PA

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Snow teams out in force as the winter took its toll

Enough road surface to cover the distance from John O’Groats to Land’s End three times was gritted in Islington over the winter.

About 2,600 miles of roads were treated by Islington Council’s winter service programme, which runs from October to March.

Priority routes were gritted 16 times during cold snaps.

Bram Kainth, Islington Council’s director of public realm, said: “Once again, this winter our gritting teams have been out in Islington, keeping priority routes open for residents and visitors.

“Although we had some snow at the end of January it was nothing exceptional, and overall it’s been a mild winter, though our teams would be ready to go out again if there was an unexpected and unseasonal late cold spell.”

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