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Regular and detailed weather forecasts, which predict the conditions on Dudley's roads, help us to make decisions about when and where to salt on our routes. We aim to grit the precautionary network of roads before the onset of any hazardous conditions, although this sometimes isn't practical.

West Midlands Gritting Alerts

You can keep up to date with news and information on gritting via the Live Gritting Alerts. There alerts cover the whole of the West Midlands, which includes not only Dudley Council, but neighbouring authorities too.

Gritting Enquiries

To request a new grit bin, an existing one to be refilled, removed or report a problem, together with road gritting enquiries. Please note that you will need to complete and attach either the request a new or removal a grit bin document if that is your enquiry.

Road Gritting

Regular and detailed weather forecasts, which predict the conditions on Dudley's roads, help us to make decisions about when and where to salt on our routes. We aim to grit the precautionary network of roads before the onset of any hazardous conditions, although this sometimes isn't practical.

During periods of very bad weather gritting the routes may take longer than usual. We'll use all our resources to clear the primary routes and the remaining routes in priority order.

As this may take a number of days the weather may have improved and conditions cleared before we are able to complete work on all routes.

Our teams are on stand-by to respond 24 hours a day, seven days a week throughout the winter service period.

Grit Bins

There are 1,090 grit / salt bins throughout the borough. Bins are usually sited on minor roads not included in the Principal Road Network but which are considered potentially hazardous e.g. those with particular features such as a steep hill or an elderly people’s home.

Grit bins are provided to enable members of the public to grit roads and footpaths at known trouble spots, e.g. road junctions or roads with steep gradients and heavily used footways with steep gradients. The grit is not for use on private driveways and property.

Grit/salt bins are placed on site well in advance of the winter period and are regularly checked and restocked and when necessary.

Where are grit bins?

Use our online search to locate the gritting bins near to you.

Removal of grit bins

Grit bins will be removed from their given location:

  • where there is proof of misuse of the salt
  • where residents cannot agree a location or need
  • where bins suffer continued vandalism

The provision of a new grit bin (or relocation of an existing grit bin) will be agreed through consultation with residents prior to installation, particularly those directly affected. If a suitable location, which addresses the geometric requirements, cannot be agreed then a grit bin may not be provided.

Servicing of grit bins

Grit bins will only be placed where they can be easily refilled from a lorry parked alongside.

Grit bins will be refilled as soon as possible after a period of heavy use. However it must be recognised that it is essentially the same workforce who undertake carriageway and footway treatment that replenish the salt/grit in grit bins. Given the large number of bins there is a considerable resource implication to replenish salt/grit and this task will only be undertaken when carriageway and footway treatments have been scaled down sufficiently to release labour and plant for grit bin duties.

Winter Motoring

Don't leave yourself in the cold. Winter Motoring requires special care and a little preparation if you're to avoid a breakdown or accident.

How we deal with Winter Weather

The British winter is unpredictable, bad weather can strike suddenly. If your journey is unavoidable, make sure you are prepared for the conditions. Never assume a road has been salted. Always listen to local and national radio for travel information.

How we deal with Winter Weather

Emergency Winter Damage

Section 31 Grant – Emergency Winter Damage

Following two of the worst winters in recent times, last winter was again very severe with a further damaging effect on the road network, both nationally and locally.