Gritter waggon at the depot


The council has a team of gritting staff and eight gritting vehicles. Our staff are on 24 hour call from mid-November until the end of March.

Every time the gritters go out, they cover around 260 miles of Sandwell's roads, each time putting down around 55 tonnes of salt.

Last year, our gritting crew went out 38 times covering around 9,880 miles of our roads (the distance from here to Cancun and back) using 2,090 tonnes of salt.

We have more than 5,000 tonnes of salt in stock ready for the upcoming winter, the equivalent of around 900 African male elephants!

In the winter of 2015/16, the gritting crew completed 37 runs covering 9,620 miles using 2,035 tonnes of salt. In the winter of 2014/15, the team completed 58 runs covering 15,080 miles, spreading 3,190 tonnes of salt.

Here are some frequently asked questions about gritting and a list and plans of our gritting routes.

How can I find out if the gritters are out?

You can easily keep up to date with our gritters using social media.

Join us on Facebook

Facebook iconFollow us on the Sandwell Facebook page to find out when our gritting crews are out, if schools are closed and information on how frosty or snowy weather is affecting Sandwell.

Gritter Twitter

Twitter iconWant to find out if the gritters are on the road? Need updates on school closures and weather forecasts? Follow @sandwellcouncil on Twitter. During bad weather we'll be using the #wmgrit hashtag.

You can also follow our highways team on Twitter.

Snow Champions

If you're a Snow Champion, find out how to clear snow safely.

Report a problem with a grit bin

Fill in this online form to report a problem with a grit bin - for example if it is damaged, missing or tipped over.

Report a problem with a grit bin


Please, note, you cannot use this form to ask for a grit bin to be re-filled. We regularly check and re-fill grit bins over the winter, please bear with us - your grit bin will be re-filled soon.


You cannot use this form to request a new or replacement grit bin. When a new estate or road is built, we look at where grit bins are needed.

School closures during bad weather

If it's snowing or very icy some schools may be closed - find out how to check the latest information on school closures.

Winter driving advice

When winter bites, will you and your vehicle be ready?

Highways England, which manages motorways and major A roads, has some useful advice about preparing for your journey and driving in severe weather on its winter web pages, on their Facebook page and on Twitter.