School pupils name Milton Keynes’ fleet of gritters

MPMC Name the Gritter competition
MPMC Name the Gritter competition

Pupils from St Andrews CE Infant School, Langland Community School, Oldbrook First School, Oxley Academy and Holmwood School took part in a special competition to come up with names for the borough’s fleet of gritters.

The competition was organised to mark the start of the council’s winter maintenance programme with Trigger, Grandad, Snow Buster, Poppy, Glitter, Goodwin, Rocky and Gritilda chosen as the winning names.

The fleet of gritters is operated by Ringway on behalf of Milton Keynes Council.

All the winners were invited to the depot in Bleak Hall to see the newly named ‘real-life’ gritters and to tour the salt barn which can hold up to 3,500 tonnes of grit.

Father Christmas also popped in to congratulate the pupils and provide some early Christmas presents.

John Upcott, Ringway Milton Keynes divisional director, said: “This is a fun competition to run and the pupils have come up with some excellent names for our eight gritters, but it does also help us to reinforce the message of how important it is to be careful on the roads and pavements when they become icy and snowy in the winter months.”

Councilor Mick Legg, Cabinet Member for Highways, said: “With the winter season once again upon us, the gritting team will be working hard to monitor the weather and where necessary, keep the roads salted to help keep our busy road network moving. People can now look out for the newly named gritters on the various the gritting routes across the borough.”

Entries were received from the schools and the winning entries were voted on by a selection of Milton Keynes Councillors at the annual Winter Maintenance Event.