When We Grit The Roads

We grit the roads to prevent them becoming icy and dangerous

We decide when to grit the roads based on the latest forecast of road surface temperatures. If we’re alerted that the road surface temperatures are going to drop below freezing at 10pm, we’ll go out beforehand and pre-treat the roads with salt to prevent them freezing.

Ice prediction and management system

Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset Councils work together and take the same approach using an ‘Ice Prediction and Management System.’ Throughout the county we have a number of strategic highway sensors which give us accurate ‘on the ground’ surface and air temperatures.

Weather conditions are continually updated and monitored throughout the winter. If there are any significant changes to predicted weather patterns, the system alerts is and tells us the best times to grit the highways.

Gritting facts

  • There are four vehicles and one back-up vehicle in Bournemouth’s gritting fleet.
  • On each gritting run we treat approximately 150 miles of road (around 50 per cent of the highway network), spreading around 20 tonnes of salt.
  • It takes around three hours to grit the whole of the network.
  • There are 6 operational staff on 24-hour stand-by to deal with gritting and other highways related emergencies every day of the week, and throughout the winter period. 
  • The council holds between 1100 and 1500 tonnes in its depot at the start of each winter season.

More information

See our Winter Service Plan and Resilient Network Gritting Map.

Get in touch with us using the contact form below to find out more about gritting in Bournemouth, or check out the Think Road Safety website for helpful tips and information about winter driving.