We’re ready for anything the winter throws at us.

That’s the message form Worcestershire county council as the road gritting team go on standby.

The council have added three new gritters to their fleet and another three will be upgraded as the season goes on.

Over the summer highways depots covering the whole county were re-stocked ahead of the winter.

More than 11,750 tonnes of salt are ready to be used, and this will grow through the winter and be replenished when needed.

Councillor Alan Amos, Cabinet Member for Highways, said: “Our gritting teams are ready to keep Worcestershire moving through the winter. They do a fantastic job, working all hours to ensure the county’s roads remain open.”

The Highways fleet of 32 gritting vehicles and the teams that drive them, cover 1000 miles of roads.

Last winter they clocked up more than 50,000 miles across the county - equivalent of more than twice around the world.

The Council have also checked the county's 1,320 grit bins to ensure they are full.

Residents can also locate their nearest grit bin, via www.worcestershire.gov.uk/gritting.

People can report any issues on the roads including their grit bins via www.worcestershire.gov.uk/reportit.

The start of the gritting season also means the Twitter account for roads and highways @worcstravel will go into ‘#GritterTwitter’ mode, with a daily update on where and when the gritters are going out.