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The Dudley Council gritting team, based at the council’s Lister Road depot, will work around the clock to keep more than 480 kilometres of road clear during severe weather. 65 people work in the winter service team and throughout the winter months there are 17 people on standby at any one time.
Dudley Council has a precautionary gritting network. This includes principle roads (A Roads), classified roads (B and C Roads), bus routes, town centres, hospital main entrances to allow ambulance and maternity access, roads which pass the front main entrance of schools wherever access is possible. The team also grit pay & display car parks, pedestrianized areas in town centres, crematoriums and cemeteries and weight restricted bridges on the classified network.
The vehicle fleet includes 8 gritters (each with a plough front) and two 4x4s for accessing smaller entry ways and side roads. Dudley Council’s salt barn holds 6,500 tonnes of salt, which we have stocked in advance of the winter. This is usually more than sufficient (last year we used 3,000 tonnes) but we have suppliers who can bring in more salt should we have an extreme winter.
We utilise the latest detailed weather forecast technology to monitor weather conditions 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Most domestic forecasts look at air temperature but the winter service team are interested in road surface temperature and moisture levels, as this allows them to assess when the roads will need to be gritted.
There are more than 1,090 grit bins, located across the borough, have also been filled with salt, for people to use on the carriageways and footways as and when needed.
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