Connect Plus Services, which operates the M25 road network on behalf of Highways England, has named its gritter fleet after asking its customers and schools to come up with ideas.
The organisation has 35 gritters, sprayers and snow ploughs based at eight winter service depots across the M25 road network and is on standby 24/7 throughout the winter months to keep the motorway and its major trunk road connections running. "With 166 qualified drivers, they are ready to spring into action as soon as the roads need treating," it says.
"We were delighted by the response" says managing director Brian Johns. "We received more than 200 suggestions from local schools, our customers and staff."
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The newly named winter fleet and the depots they operate from are: Polar Express (Dartford, Kent); Gruffalo Gritter (Blunts Farm, Essex), Snow Surrender (Denham, Buckinghamshire), Blizzard Basher (Leatherhead, Surrey), Sir Gritalot (Swanley, Kent), Gritty Gritty Bang Bang (Scratchwood, Greater London), Salt-a-saurus (South Mimms, Hertfordshire) and Roger Spreaderer (Sunbury, Surrey).
But, added Johns, "In light of his record breaking third title of BBC's Sports Personality of the Year, perhaps we should have called one Andy Flurry."