The gritting service operates from October through to May each year, and during this period our fleet of gritters are on standby 24 hours a day.
In wintery weather, we routinely grit 1200 kilometres (708 miles) of road; nearly 50% of the total length of all Birmingham’s roads. These routes have been prioritised based on recommendations from Central Government and include major roads and access routes, bus routes and routes identified by the emergency services.
As well as the road network, some pavements in high footfall areas, such as the City Centre also receive precautionary treatment. Footways in local shopping centres are cleared of snow if icy conditions persist and resources are available.
Unfortunately, it is not possible to grit every road and pavement in the city, or to carry out isolated treatment of individual roads which are not on the agreed priority routes; however, we do provide and stock grit bins for use on the public highway. Additionally, in the event of prolonged wintry conditions we have a supplementary gritting programme which includes additional roads not normally treated.