The new fleet of high-tech gritters.

Children across West Norfolk are being asked to come up with names for seven new high-tech gritters set to hit our roads this winter.

Norfolk County Council wants youngsters to spend half-term getting creative and has launched a competition to find names for the new fleet, set to be rolled out as part of plans to update and replace existing vehicles.

Some of the technology inside.

A call for names went out to schools last week, asking for children aged five to 11 to come up with their best ideas  and for teachers to submit their top three when term continues again.

The winning entries will be announced on Monday, November 9, and will be written on the new gritters along with the school’s name.

Jason Glasspoole, operations director at Norse Highways, which runs the gritters for the council, said: “The new technology is more efficient at salt distribution and really does help to make road conditions safer during the winter season. Our teams are ready for the job at hand and we’re looking forward to seeing the fun and creative names from our county’s school children.”

The new technology allows the salt spreading equipment to react faster to changing road layouts and conditions.