Bucks unveils Blizzard Wizard, Snowphie and Brrrrrrian to keep traffic moving this Winter

Bucks County Council has today revealed the winners of a competition to name the county’s three new gritters … Blizzard Wizard, Snowphie and Brrrrrrian!

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Snowphie has been named by Sophie Ingham, from Long Crendon, who chose her own nickname, given to her as it snowed on the day of her birth

After a long and hardworking career Buckinghamshire’s gritters Salty, Daisy and Snowdrop have retired. They have been replaced today with three new gritters – Blizzard Wizard, Snowphie and Brrrrrrian!

During December Transport for Buckinghamshire (TfB) held a competition to name their three new arrivals, and whittled over 200 entries down to the winning three. It was a tough decision, with entries such as ‘Melt’n John’ and ‘Meltallica’ as well, of course, as Salty McSaltface…

Blizzard Wizard was named by Arran and Calum Kelly, from Chesham, Brrrrrrian’s name was chosen by Beth Arnaud, from Waddesdon, and Snowphie was named by Sophie Ingham, from Long Crendon.  The new gritters will join the existing fleet, all of which were named during 2009 by local schools.

Mark Shaw, Buckinghamshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport said:

“The guys who carry out our winter road salting work hard through a tough season, and having a little light relief in the form of fun gritter names just brings a bit of humour to the job. We love running these competitions and I’m delighted with the new names. Don’t forget to check them out online!”

The new salting trucks will be out on their routes over the rest of the winter season, and can now be tracked in real time on TfB’s online gritting map. www.buckscc.gov.uk/winter.

Gritty facts


  • Fleet of 25 gritting vehicles across the county.
  • Precautionary salting covers around 1405 km of road (873 miles).
  • A typical grit run uses 65 tonnes of salt (pre-wet mix) or 85 tonnes if used dry.
  • Bucks’ Precautionary Routes cover about 44% of its total network.  Once those are clear it moves on to secondary routes serving communities of 200 dwellings or more and unclassified roads with a gradient of 10% or less.
  • Bucks has over 1,000 salt bins across county.

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  • Fleet of 2 gritting and ploughing vehicles across the borough.
  • Total length of primary and secondary gritting routes is 165 km (102 miles).
  • The council uses 20 tonnes of salt and grit to clear the council’s roads, an area equivalent to 160 football pitches.
  • Slough has a frost and snow clearance plan to keep the most important roads clear, to keep traffic moving through and around the borough, keep bus routes open, and maintain access to and from emergency services and hospitals.

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