Linlithgow kids name new gritters

Kit Wilson chose to name the Snow Destroyer
Kit Wilson chose to name the Snow Destroyer

Pupils from Linlithgow and Low Port Primary Schools were tasked with naming two gritters set to become part of a new winter fleet keeping Scotland’s roads safe this winter.

The winning name from Linlithgow Primary School is Snowball, and was suggested by Jacob a P2 pupil at the school.

While the winning entry from Low Port Primary School is Snow Destroyer, submitted by P4 pupil, Kit Wilson.

The new state-of-the-art vehicles will be patrolling and salting on the South-East Trunk Roads Unit, which spans from the M8 at Shotts to Carter Bar in the Scottish Borders.

Transport Scotland’s Winter Resilience Manager, Martin Thomson said: “We had some fantastic entries for the gritter competition and it was very hard to pick the winners.

“So we want to say thank you to everyone who took part for their imaginative suggestions.

“While the competition is great fun for the children, I hope they have also learned something about our efforts to keep the trunk roads running during the Winter.

“Our gritters are generally out very early in the morning or late at night but I hope that children might get to spot them at some point across the coming months.”

Pupils were given the chance to see their newly-named vehicles up close, while the winners of the naming competition were presented with a goody bag by representatives of Amey.