Gritting and cold weather
When severe weather disrupts our services we update the information on this page, which covers everything from school closures, gritting routes and helpline numbers. Live updates will be made to our:
Alternatively, you can:
- tune to local radio stations such as BBC Radio Humberside (95.9FM, 1485AM and DAB), Greatest Hits Radio Grimsby (96.4FM) and Lincs FM (102.2FM)
- call our contact centre on 01472 326300
- contact your Councillor
- keep checking the local media for updates
You can also do your bit by sharing information with friends, family and neighbours.
For the latest weather forecast visit the Met Office website.
Traveline is a partnership of transport operators and local authorities formed to provide impartial and comprehensive information about public transport services. You can contact them by visiting the Traveline website, or calling them on 0871 200 2233.
Bins and recycling
Information on any service disruption can be found on the Bins, waste and recycling pages.
Schools and academies generally have their own methods of letting parents and children know when their school is closed. Where possible we will try to update you on any school closures using the news pages.
Winter driving tips
For tips on driving in winter conditions visit the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents website.
You can also visit the THINK! website for further road safety advice.
Gritting and winter service
The winter service season starts on 1 October and runs until 30 April, although this is dependent on the type of winter and weather we have.
Our team grit the highway network to reduce the risk of ice and frost forming on the roads and to keep road users moving. During times when it is snowing, the team will also grit to reduce the chance of snow settling on the roads.
It is important to keep the highway network clear of snow and ice where possible so that residents can get to work, shops and appointments, children can get to school and businesses can continue to operate as usual.
The council maintains and is responsible for 607km (377 miles) of road and 869km (540 miles) of footway across NEL.
Of this, 282km (176 miles) is gritted during the winter period. This length includes the treatment of both carriageways on wide roads and dual carriageways. It can take two and a half to three hours to complete all the routes using five vehicles.
There are five priority categories where the council focuses its resources to grit the roads, although it will also respond to emergency requests reported by the Police and Fire Brigade where prevailing conditions and resources permit.
There is a team of gritter vehicle drivers who will go out when a decision is made to grit the roads. Each vehicle has its own route to follow. Most of the time these routes are pre-planned however sometimes drivers can be called out at short notice in the middle of the night.
We always plan ahead for the next year and stock levels of salt to keep our roads safe.
Highway Winter Service Enquiries, Doughty Road Depot, Doughty Road, Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire, DN32 0LL
Telephone: 01472 326300