Having been one of the winners in the ‘Name a Gritter’ competition run by Transport for Buckinghamshire (tfb) back in 2011/12, we were offered the chance to have a gritter visit our school so that our pupils could see one of the vehicles that helps keeps our roads safe during the winter months.
So it was that “Alfie the Grit” arrived at Alfriston one wet afternoon this week. Three members of staff accomapnied the vehicle and they were pleased to talk to the girls about how the vehicle works and what they do. Several classes were able to look over the truck and check out inside the cab. The girls enjoyed this opportunity and Connie Sellers took a particular interest, asking lots of questions. She discovered that this sort of truck takes two years to make and costs £250 000.00! We also learned that Alfie is one of the newest shiniest trucks in the fleet and is deployed to clear major routes and motorways.
It is possible to follow the progress of the trucks on the tfb website and we were able to track Alfie leaving Beaconsfield on the interactive map. Next time the weather turns wintry, you could look to see where Alfie is working: