Keeping the roads clear 


A team of council gritter drivers is working continuously during the winter to keep Bolton moving.

On call 24 hours a day during the winter months, the men of the gritting trucks work tirelessly to keep our major roads clear.

They’re supported by an office-based controller and an inspector who responds to calls from the emergency services and checks known dangerous spots.

  • A bank of 27 drivers are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week in winter.

  • Nine drivers are out when temperatures fall, covering more than 317 miles of road between them – more than half of the total road network.

  • A full route grit take around five and a half hours.

  • 533 grit bins are located around the borough and grit is for the use of residents in that area, on the road and footpaths, but not for private driveways.

  • Snow ploughs are only effective when snow is 50mm or greater.

  • Grit for personal use can be purchased from Heaton Fold garden centre.

  • The council unfortunately does not have the resource to grit all roads in the borough and concentrates on keeping the main roads clear.

  • Bolton and Bury are working together to keep roads clear.

  • The grit that is used in Bolton is 'stickier’ than other types of grit which minimises run-off; it reduces corrosion to vehicles and less grit needs to be used, which has environmental and economic benefits.

For the full story of a night out with the gritter drivers see this month's Bolton Scene.

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