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Continued severe weather conditions update

Update: 12th January 2010

The current cold weather is the most prolonged spell of freezing conditions across the UK for 29 years with Birmingham not escaping the freezing temperatures, ice and snow.

This article includes updates on gritting, refuge collections, and advice on grit bins

The latest update on Birmingham’s gritting situation was reported by Cllr Len Gregory to full council on 12th Janurary.  The highlights are:


View further details of Birmingham City Council’s winter maintenance plans

Make sure you are prepared this winter, view our video clip

View our advice on travelling in the car


Refuse collections update (13th January)

Most refuse and recycling collections are now up to date, with the exception of some outstanding work where some side roads are not as accessible and the sensible decision is to only carry out collections where safe to do so. We will continue to monitor the situation.

Obviously the disruption is regrettable, but unavoidable due to the road conditions at present, public safety must be paramount when vehicles of 26 tonne are involved, in order to avoid the threat of potential accidents and damage to parked vehicles in icy conditions.

Today we have been out in some areas but the worsening weather conditions have meant that we have not been able to do as much as originally planned.

We are committed to clear any backlog over the next few days, weather permitting.

Advice on grit bins

There are over 1000 grit bins provided across the city. These bins are usually placed off the treated network at approved locations and are to assist road users on a self-help basis. They cover potentially hazardous locations such as gradients to busy junctions and steep hills and sharp bends.

Grit is provided for use on the public highway and  grit bins are regularly topped up during the winter period.  Residents who require grit or salt for their properties need to purchase supplies from local builders merchants.  Please do not use the contents of the grit bins for any other area than the public highway.


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