South Queensferry youngster names new gritter

South Queensferry Primary School pupil names new gritter
South Queensferry Primary School pupil names new gritter

Pupils from Queensferry Primary School were tasked with naming a gritter set to become a part of a new winter fleet keeping Scotland’s roads safe this winter.

The winning name from Queensferry Primary School is The Golden Great Gritter, and was suggested by eight-year-old Abigail Whyte.

The name has been printed on the side of the vehicle and will be visible to local people on the trunk roads around Queensferry when the state-of-the-art gritters are dispatched to patrol and salt the roads in freezing conditions.

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. It is an important service and we do all we can to help people get to school and work, regardless of the conditions.

“That means that 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 during the coming months.”

A total of 15 gritters from the fleet have been given names by local school children or by families who visited Glasgow Riverside museum during the school holidays.