Services affected by snow 

27/02/18
important update

See the latest Met Office weather forecast. 

Youth service sessions cancelled

The following mobile sessions will be cancelled today (Friday 2 March) due to strong winds :

3.30-5.30pm - Willows Park – Play scheme

6.30-8.30pm - Westhoughton Market overflow Car Park – Youth Club

Gritting

The latest information about gritting can be found here.

2.3.18 am All our main roads were gritted twice overnight. Main route network is clear.

1.3.18 am We've been working throughout the night and gritted all routes three times over. Horwich, Egerton, Bromley Cross and the West side of Bolton have been affected the most. We'll be out again gritting the high roads from 8am this morning.

28.2.18 pm We will be out again tonight from 6.30pm, spreading grit on all our main roads. The crew will then head out again at 11pm and work throughout the night and early hours as necessary.

28.2.18 pm Council gritters have been working overnight to deal with the snow and ice in Bolton. The council’s fleet of 7 gritting vehicles went out at 6.30pm, again around 11pm and then 3.30am completing a full route grit each time. All main roads are currently clear.

27.2.18 The council’s fleet of 7 gritting vehicles went out at midnight and again at 4am completing a full route grit each time. All main roads are currently clear. The high level roads are now being gritted again (8.30am).

Based on the latest forecast, we'll be out gritting at 6.30pm and again at 11pm tonight.  If needed there will be another round throughout the night.

More information about gritting

A full route grit covers 510km/317 miles of roads around Bolton - just over half of the total road network. All the main roads and major bus routes are covered on a full route grit and it takes several hours to complete. There are also 533 grit bins around the borough which will be refilled in the coming days.

We grit the footpaths in Bolton town centre and the other town centres around the borough, and during snowy conditions staff will clear snow from bus stops on main roads and near key locations eg train station and bus station.

Maps showing the roads which we grit and the location of grit bins can be found using the link on the right hand side. 

Myth buster

* Once a gritter has put salt on the road, it will melt ice.

Untrue – spreading salt is only the start of the de-icing process. Grit needs movement and crushing by traffic for it to start to be effective. When traffic volumes are low, roads can remain icy for some time until there is a significant traffic flow.

* I’ve not seen a single gritter and I’m on a gritting route.

A driver covers approximately 50 miles on a route so given the length of a route it is quite possible that people might not see the gritters. The road gritting often takes place late throughout the night or very early in the morning.

* Anybody can use grit bins.

Grit bins are for the use of residents in that area, on the public footpath and roads and not for driveways.

* Why do councils only grit once it starts snowing?

When snow is forecast we start gritting the roads before it starts snowing to slow the rate of snow settling. Again some people may not see the gritting that’s taken place as its usually overnight/in the early hours. If people do see a gritter, chances are it’s one that has been out before because when the weather is bad we grit continuously. The problem is that grit alone has very little effect on snow and once snow has started to build up on the roads, there is little anyone can do until it becomes deep enough to plough (about 25mm or 1 inch). It’s the action of ploughing, spreading salt and vehicles running on the snow which help to clear the roads.

Schools

Headteachers will make decisions about whether to open their schools or not depending upon the conditions. The latest information about those open or closed will appear here.

Waste and recycling

March 2, 8pm: Bins update: We have tried to empty as many as possible today but some have been missed due to the snow / ice. If your grey bin was missed today please it out for collection next Friday along with your usual recycling. If your recycling was missed today please put it on the next scheduled recycling collection.  Thank you for bearing with us.

March 2, 8am: Bins update: all our crews have gone out this morning - some icy areas may be difficult for us to get to but we will be trying our best to empty as many bins as possible.

March 1, 11am:

Due to the adverse weather conditions all bin collections have been cancelled for the rest of today.

Our crews have been out making efforts today to empty bins but conditions are freezing and becoming unsafe.

Please note:

·         If your grey bin has been missed on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday this week please present it for collection next week (along with your recycling) on your usual collection day . Normal collections will still take place the week after.

·         If your recycling bins, green bins or food waste containers were missed then please take them back onto your property and they will be emptied on the next scheduled recycling collection.

·         We will continue to keep you posted with any updates.

March 1, 8am - The recent snow and ice has made some roads unsafe to drive down and pavements unsafe to walk on. All our waste and recycling vehicles are out attempting to collect from as many properties as possible that are due to be collected today. Please check back for further updates.

Feb 28 pm: We have collected 98% of our grey bins round today. If your bin was missed today due to snow and ice, please put it back out for collection Wednesday, March 7 by 7.30am. Please do not place any excess waste out as it will not be removed. We will come out again the following week on Wednesday, March 14 to empty your grey bin again.

If your recycling bins, green bins or food waste containers were missed today then please take them back onto your property and they will be emptied on the next scheduled recycling collection.

Feb 28 am: All our waste and recycling vehicles will be out and attempting to collect from as many properties as possible which are due to receive a collection.

Feb 27, 4pm: If your grey bin was missed on Tuesday, February 27 due to snow and ice, then please take it back onto your property and put it back out for collection on Tuesday, March 6 by 7.30am. Please do not place any excess waste out as it will not be removed.

If your recycling bins, green bins or food waste containers were missed on Tuesday, February 27 then please take them back onto your property and they will be emptied on the next scheduled recycling collection.

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