Herefordshire Council is hoping to keep people safe on the roads this winter by putting its gritter on Twitter.
The council has teamed up with service provider Amey to keep residents up to date with what is happening on the county’s roads during bad weather.
Members of the public are being encouraged to sign up to Gritter Twitter to get constant updates about road gritting and other useful road and weather information.
The tweets on the social media site inform residents when gritting is taking place, when gritting has been completed, when roads have been inspected, when car parks have been gritted and when bad weather is expected.
Clive Hall, the council’s head of highways and community services, said: “Gritter Twitter is a brand new service that we are hoping will revolutionise the way the people of Herefordshire find out about our winter service.
“By providing live updates via Twitter, we are not only keeping people informed about what we’re doing in the local area but can also ensure road users are aware of the conditions before they set out.
“Social media is changing the way we communicate so by using Twitter, Herefordshire Council can reach our communities directly on their mobile phones and through their home or work computers.”
Mark Thomas, of Amey Herefordshire, added: “Our winter service teams will now be ‘tweeting’ their activity to anyone who signs up to the @herefordstreets Twitter service.
“When conditions get particularly bad, knowing when we are out gritting will act as a good indicator that temperatures have dropped and people need to be careful when undertaking their journeys.”