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Grit salt mountain still towering despite treating distance of Wales to Singapore

Swansea Council has delved into its mountain of salt grit in recent days but there is still plenty in reserve.

Gritting barn

Despite gritting the equivalent distance of Wales to Singapore this winter already, the council still has around 6,000 tonnes in storage at a depot near Clydach.

So far the council's team has completed 31 runs this winter.

Each time they hit the road they cover 787km between them so have treated approximately 24,000km.

There are also 840 grit bins strategically placed in communities across the city which have been filled with grit so that residents can assist in keeping pavements clear.

David Hopkins, Cabinet Member for Environment and Transportation, said: "With the recent cold spell the team have been kept busy and I would like to thank them for their hard work.

"Our aim has been to make sure main routes for public transport, emergency vehicles and other traffic have been as safe as possible by treating them when we have been expecting a freeze.

"It is vital that we help keep Swansea moving no matter what the weather throws at us."

In rural parts of the city, the council has relaunched its 'snow warden' scheme and has enlisted the help of community-minded individuals who have direct access to a large supply of grit that they can share around their local community.

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