Six new gritting vehicles are joining Peterborough’s fleet to help keep motorists safe this winter and the public are being invited to give them a name.

Peterborough City Council and Milestone Infrastructure have teamed up to offer residents the chance to name the new 7.5 and 26 tonne vehicles, which will be hitting the city’s roads soon.

Residents are invited to suggest names for the vehicles – entries can be submitted to before the deadline of Friday, November 10.

Several councils have asked residents to name their gritting fleet resulting in eye-catching vehicles such as ‘Gritty-Gritty Bang Bang’, ‘Yes Sir Ice Can Boogie’ and ‘Sled Zeplin’. If you think you can do better we would love to hear from you! 

Winning entries will be chosen from a panel of judges from the council and Milestone and announced next month. The winning entries will also be displayed on each vehicle, along with the name of the entrant (eg Ice Destroyer by Joe Bloggs).  

Councillor Nigel Simons, Peterborough City Council’s cabinet member for infrastructure, environment and climate change said: “We’re very excited to get these new gritters and thought it would be a great opportunity to invite our residents to name them.

"We’ve previously got residents to name our refuse vehicles which generated several brilliant ideas and resulted in Marcus Trashford and Simon Le Bin to name just two! We look forward to seeing some equally innovate entries.” 

Gary Williams, business director at Milestone Infrastructure said: “This year marks the arrival of a new fleet of gritters to ensure we are resilient and able to respond to maintain a safe network during cold conditions.

"The associated efficiencies of new fleet also bring reduced carbon in addition to the reduction already delivered through using Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO). Our priority is keeping the roads safe for motorists during the winter months, so if you see a gritter out there drive safely and predictably to help us keep you safe."