BARNSLEY’S gritters are now on standby as the cold weather hits the borough this winter.

They’ll now be available to treat the town’s 321 miles of primary roads around the clock until April 30 next year.

Last year the teams covered more than 44,000 miles of gritting routes and used more than 7,700 tonnes of salt on the roads.

Coun Chris Lamb, cabinet spokesperson for environment and transport, added: “As temperatures begin to drop, it’s that time of the year where our gritting teams are prepared to tackle snow and ice on our roads.

“Our teams did a fantastic job of maintaining our roads last year, and they’re ready once again to face another challenging winter.

“This year also sees the return of #SYgrit, which allows us to work closely with local authorities across South Yorkshire to help our residents plan a safe journey.

“Don’t forget to check our social media pages, which will be keeping you in the loop with all the latest gritting updates in the area.

“Please remember to take care when travelling in colder weather, check that your vehicle is winter ready and leave plenty of time to get to your destination in adverse weather.”