Snowcially Distanced among new names for gritters keeping roads open

“Snowcially Distanced” and “Han Snow-Lo” are among the scatterers on Scotland’s snow-covered roads on Tuesday.

Around 150 vehicles were used to keep the roads safe as heavy snowfall and temperatures of minus 18 ° C hit the country.

Some of the newest names are Brinestone Plowboy, CalvinHarrIce, and Grittin On Wae It.

(Transport Scotland)

A recent call to nominate the 50-man scatter fleet that covers 400 miles of roads received more than 1,200 submissions.

The appeal, which ran from December 23 to January 15, was put online due to the pandemic.

While the name call is usually made in conjunction with local schools, this year it was made available to the general public.

Some of the vehicles take their names from classic references including “I want to freeze” and “You’re a blizzard, Harry”.

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(Transport Scotland)

Five honor the Scottish James Bond actor Sir Sean Connery, who died last year, including “On Her Majesty’s Slippery Surface”, “Coldfinger” and “You only Grit Ice”.

Others are named after celebrities, including Sled Zepplin, Robert Brrrrns, and Gritney Spears.

Bus and rail traffic has been disrupted by the weather and a yellow warning is in place for much of the central belt.

Transport Scotland reported temperatures of almost minus 18 ° C at Bannockburn in Stirling.

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(Transport Scotland)

Transport Scotland manager Stein Connolly told Good Morning Scotland: “We had 146 spreaders in use last night.

“All highways are open, but there are some places where they are only passable.

“There have been some accidents – the police are working to clear these up, but it may be better to let them (to travel) to a safer point in the day.”

A new fleet of eight spreaders in Manchester was named by the public after a Twitter poll.

The Manchester City Council call for name proposals received more than 2,000 suggestions. The 24 best options were then posted on Twitter for the most popular ones.

The eight winners are: Basil Salty, Grit Astley, Gritter Thunberg, Slushay Away, Snowbi-Gone Kenobi, Snowel Gallagher, Spreaddie Flintoff and Spreaddie Mercury.


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