Roads not gritted, claims councillor

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Some roads around Cookstown and Stewartstown were not gritted last night, even though they are on the scheduled network, a councillor has claimed.

Councillor Trevor Wilson of the UUP said he has taken numerous call this morning (Saturday) from concerned residents about black ice on roads.

And he said he has been trying to verify reports that the roads weren’t gritted because the gritting lorry itself was involved in an accident.

He added, “The calls were nearly in the double figures. There was clearly an issue last night.”

A spokesperson for TransportNI said, ”One gritter from Magherafelt depot was involved in an incident during this morning’s salting action. However, the remainder of the route was completed by two other gritters with minimal delay.

“The affected gritter does not grit the Six Towns area which was completed as normal.”