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Winter maintenance and gritting plans

gritter_smallHighways, part of the Environment and Culture Directorate, is responsible for providing the Winter Maintenance Service for the City of Birmingham.
 
Amey is the company responsible for maintaining Birmingham’s highways, working in partnership with Birmingham City Council.
 
Every October, a large scale ‘Winter Maintenance Service’ begins operations. This service is co-ordinated by a team of specialists who monitor weather forecasts and plan gritting routes and send out gritting vehicles. A fleet of gritters is on 24-hour standby, seven days a week.

This service operates from the end of October through to the middle of April each year and during this period the fleet of 28 gritters, together with associated equipment, is on standby 24 hours a day ready to treat the roads when required.

If frost or ice is expected to form on roads or snow is anticipated we will carry out precautionary salting (gritting) of the priority highway network. This will involve spreading rock salt onto the carriageway which helps to prevent both icy patches and snow accumulations forming.

Salt supplies

Stock levels of salt are continuously monitored.

Footways

The footways within the core of the city centre and Sutton Coldfield also receive precautionary treatment which is carried out in some areas using a special spray, because rock salt discolours the special paving materials used. Other footways in local shopping centres are cleared of snow when icy conditions persist and resources become available.

Facts And Figures

For more information

View further information on the Birmingham City Council website at: www.birmingham.gov.uk/cs/Satellite/gritting