You can use this page to find out when and where we grit the roads in winter, and to view our gritting routes on a map.
When we grit
We receive detailed weather information from a variety of sources including MetDesk and our own road weather station. We use this information to decide when to grit our priority routes, and identify the most effective time to grit relevant locations.
Where we grit
We give priority to all A and B classification roads and other strategic C and unclassified roads based upon the recommendations contained in the National Code of Practice
This is around 37% of the roads in B&NES. We would only consider requests to grit roads outside of the priority network if:
- there were prolonged periods of ice and snow
- all other priorities had been fully and adequately treated and resources become available.
We have agreements in place with our neighbouring councils to treat some of each other's roads near our boundaries when it is practical.
We will only consider requests for pavement gritting if snow or ice remains for some days, and this would be limited to urban areas where there is high pedestrian footfall.
To find out more about how we prioritise, read our Winter Service Policy
Where we don't grit
We are not responsible for gritting the following roads, which are outside the city of Bath limits:
- A36 Warminster Road (from Trossachs Drive junction to authority boundary)
- A46 Gloucester Road (from A4 London Road junction to authority boundary)
- A4 Batheaston Bypass
Find out more about winter weather and what councils have to do on the Local Government Association website.
Grit bin issues
If you have spotted an issue with a grit bin, such as a bin getting low or damaged, you can report a grit bin issue online
Using a grit bin effectively
There are over 400 grit bins across Bath and North East Somerset. These are filled at the start of the winter season for communities to use.
To use them effectively, spread the rock salt thinly in dry weather, before the temperature drops below zero, or snow falls. Approximately one tablespoon of salt is enough for a square metre of ground.