Winter savings on Cambridgeshire roads

CAMBRIDGESHIRE highway chiefs have spent less than half the money gritting the roads this year than last year because of the mild winter. Workers have made just 12 runs since October compared with 34 runs during the same period last year. So far it has co

CAMBRIDGESHIRE highway chiefs have spent less than half the money gritting the roads this year than last year because of the mild winter.

Workers have made just 12 runs since October compared with 34 runs during the same period last year.

So far it has cost £240,000 to keep the roads frost free compared with £680,000 last year.

But a spokesman was keen to point out there is still a long way to go as the gritting season doesn't finish until April.

He said: "It's a rolling budget so although we have had a mild winter so far this year it might be horrendous next year. The money is just rolled over - it can't be spent on anything else.