BARNSLEY Council's 15-strong fleet of gritting vehicles are being prepared for this winter.

Some 10,660 tonnes of grit is in storage, ready to be spread across the borough.

The gritters will be available around the clock between now and March.

Last year the council began gritting on November 3 and finished on April 2. Between these dates, the gritters were out on 93 days, spreading a total of some 9,449 tonnes of grit.

If you want to know if your road is on a primary or secondary route, this information is available on the council's website.

Cllr Roy Miller said: "We're ready, but are you? I urge residents to plan their winter journeys and make sure their vehicles have been checked, pack appropriate warm clothing for long journeys and in adverse weather conditions consider whether their journey is absolutely necessary.

"I also ask older people to be extremely careful in icy conditions. Give us time to do our job before trying to make a journey in heavy snow or icy conditions and let the gritters and snow ploughs clear areas before you set off."