FOUR new gritters are being rolled out in West Dunbartonshire this winter as the temperature begins to drop.

The introduction of the new vehicles is part of the council’s aim to keep streets safe.

More than 4,000 tonnes of salt will be spread across the region while 450 grit bins will be kept stocked for residents to access when required.

Councillor David McBride, convener of infrastructure, regeneration and economic development, said: “The roads workforce have been hard at work preparing for the winter ahead, and the updated vehicles and replenished grit for this year will ensure our staff have the best equipment for the job ahead.

“Residents also have the advantage of grit bins within their neighbourhoods and we would encourage everyone to look out for their neighbours and loved ones during the colder weather.”

The team have been on 24-hour standby since October and have already been out on a number of occasions.

With forecasts predicting the weather to dip below freezing as Christmas approaches, the teams will be hard at work to ensure the safety of those driving and walking in West Dunbartonshire.

Councillor Lawrence O’Neill, vice convener of infrastructure, regeneration and economic development, added: “It is great to see the teams so prepared, as we’re all aware dropping temperatures can occur suddenly and ice and snow may cause some delays to travel, but the public can rest assured that we will make every effort to keep West Dunbartonshire moving in all conditions.”