How Gritting Works

Although we call it ‘gritting’, it's actually spreading salt not grit

Salt works by lowering the temperature at which water freezes. As the cars and lorries drive over the salt, they help spread it across the road and make it more effective at preventing the road from icing over.

What kind of salt do you use?

We use rock salt to treat the surfaces of Bournemouth’s main roads when we gritting-lorryare alerted that the weather conditions are going to become freezing.

We use a treated salt product called Safecote, which is coated to make it extra sticky. That means it stays on the road longer and prevents the road becoming icy for longer. Because Safecote rock salt is brown in colour, it can be mistaken for grit.

How can I get a salt bin for my road?

If you would like a salt bin for your road please call us on 01202 451199. We’ll come and assess your road to see if you need a salt bin.

We also have over 110 salt bins throughout the town. Both residents and visitors can use these when they need to grit any icy driveways. We encourage you to take care of your neighbours in winter weather conditions, especially the elderly.

Do you put grit and salt on the roads?

Stone grit is only usually used on hard-packed snow and ice. In conditions where snow has already settled, grit can be mixed with salt up to a ratio of 50/50 to provide traction and help break up frozen surfaces. Grit does not have any de-icing properties.

Where do you source your salt?

Bournemouth's current suppliers are Salt Union in Cheshire (which provides most of the UK's road salt) and Irish Salt Sales in Northern Ireland.

More information

See our Winter Service Plan and Resilient Network Gritting Map.

Get in touch with us using the Contact Us form below if you'd like to find out more about gritting in Bournemouth, or check out thegritting-snow Think Road Safety website for helpful tips and information about winter driving.