Primary school children name VolkerHighways’ eight new gritters

Back in July, VolkerHighways teamed up with KM Charity Team to run a competition with schools, to think up fun names for eight new gritters.


Primary school pupils suggested names for the gritters, which will service Medway’s roads this winter. There were 1,086 entries and the winning names are being proudly displayed on the front of each vehicle. The winning children were also presented with VolkerHighways goody bags.

The winning names:

Sir Grit Alott
Gecko The Gritter
Salt Disney
Pretty Polly The Gritter Lorry
Grit Britain
Usain Salt
Up Town Grit You Up

Five year old Elise Price, from Snodland CEP came up with ‘Up Town Grit You Up.’ She said: “It’s after my favourite song by Bruno Mars, and gritters go all around town gritting everything up.”

Eight year old James Taylor, from Sandwich Junior School thought of ‘Grinter’. He said: “A gritter truck is used in winter so I put gritter and winter together, which makes Grinter.”

KM Charity Team said: “I’d like to thank VolkerHighways for teaming up with us for this initiative. Anything that gets people thinking about being prepared for winter roads is likely to have positive effects in making people think about road safety. The competition has provided young children with a great opportunity to use their imaginations and practise their literacy skills.”

For more information on the challenge click here.