UK faces shortage of gritters and road salt in winter crisis which could spark chaos on roads

BRITS could be struck by mid-winter travel chaos amid a shortage of HGV drivers to spread salt on the roads.

Snow has already arrived in the Highlands, with forecasters warning of more to come further south next week.

But highways chiefs are scrambling to recruit more drivers to keep motorists safe as officials warn major gritting routes could be axed.

Meanwhile, in a worrying double whammy, there’s less grit in stock than in previous winters.

Transport bosses in Scotland – where snow usually falls earliest and thickest – say there’s 30,000 fewer tonnes of salt in stock than last year.

The Local Government Association has warned there could be trouble ahead for commuters as the cold begins to bite this weekend.

Councillor David Renard said: “Some councils may find gritting services are affected in the same way some waste collection services have been impacted.”

Dozens of driver vacancies are being advertised around the UK.

Authorities in Hampshire told the Star they’re “training new drivers to ensure we can maintain our winter service when demand peaks”.

In Wrexham, councillors are “monitoring the situation very closely”.

News of problems comes as temperatures plummet to zero around the country in a new Arctic blast.