Yes they may be subsidy hungry moaners but when you're stuck in a snowstorm as I was yesterday (a 15 min journey took 3.5 hours) you gain an appreciation of their work. On a rural back road where each hill was blocked with vehicles that couldn't get up I was a little bit annoyed to see the gritting truck drive past without actually spreading any grit.
Thankfully the local farmers were more helpful and did a good job of towing stranded cars and lorries. They presumably don't get paid for it and they could have been inside watching Emmerdale but no they came out to start getting the road moving.
Sure they probably kept back a few motorists to use in a Wicker Man style human sacrifice however that is but a small price to pay.
West Bay station, Bridport, in 1982
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