Sorry, you need to enable JavaScript to visit this website.

Gritting Icon

Gritting and cold weather advice

During the winter months, this page will be regularly updated with details of when our gritters will be in action, a link to the latest weather forecast, winter driving tips, school closures due to the weather, and other useful information to help you cope with the winter weather.

For more updates follow us on twitter @mbrocouncil and look out for #mbrowinter. Updates are posted as soon as the decision is made to send the gritters out.

Gritting routes

Middlesbrough has five priority gritting routes totalling 180 miles. View the gritting routes map.

Latest update

This page will only be updated once the winter maintenance plan is in force.

Previous gritting

No gritting runs within the last 7 days.

School closures

There are currently no school closures due to the weather.

Winter maintenance

You can let us know if a salt bin near you has been stolen or damaged, or is empty.

You can use Report It to report a problem with, or request additional supplies for, a salt bin located near you.

Please note, Report It should only be used for requests relating to salt bins, not for requests to have a particular road added to a gritting route.

Priority 1 and Priority 2 gritting routes are set out in our annual winter maintenance plan. Roads not included on one of those routes will only be gritted 'in the most exceptional circumstances', which will generally be 'in the aftermath of heavy, prolonged snow', and only when Priority 1 and 2 routes are clear.


Key stats for winter 2017/18

  • First grit this season - 05/11/2017
  • Distance covered per gritting run (five routes) - 180 miles
  • Total time to grit all routes - 2 hours
  • Number of gritters - 7
  • Amount of grit available in 2017/18 - 3,800 tonnes
  • Amount of grit used in 2016/17 - 2,700 tonnes

Weather forecast

Visit the Met Office Website for a detailed, up to date weather forecast.


Are you ready for winter?

One Planet Middlesbrough has a checklist to ensure you're ready to cope with cold weather.

Twelve tips to make sure you're prepared for winter.

Eight tips to help protect your home and property from winter weather.


Winter health

View a simple guide to staying well this winter.

You can also get further information from NHS Choices on looking after yourself during the winter.

Cleveland Fire Brigade offers equipment to help those who are at risk of the effects of the cold.


Help for older people

Read Independent Age's leaflet on being 'winter wise' and looking after yourself during the colder months.

Middlesbrough Staying Put Agency works with hundreds of older and vulnerable clients every year.

Independent Age (0800 319 6789) and Silverline (0800 4 70 80 90) offer free, confidential advice and friendship over the phone


Winter driving

Halfords offers a free 15-point safety check for your car.

Visit the RAC for tips on driving safely in the winter.

View the essential items for your winter breakdown kit.


Frozen pipes

Essential information about how to protect your property from frozen and burst pipes, and what to do if it happens.


Clearing snow and ice from pavements yourself

Useful advice for anyone clearing snow from pavements or public spaces.


Financial support

Based on your income and whether you're getting certain benefits, you might be eligible for financial support over the winter:


Behind the scenes with the gritters

  • Please note changes to Eastbourne Road Shops stand B bus stop from Monday 25 Jun. More info from @connect_tv https://t.co/6tq1by8e6q
    3 hours 13 min ago
  • Did you know this week is National Breastfeeding Celebration Week? We would like to say a massive THANK YOU to all… https://t.co/VihNxHRskv
    1 day 11 hours ago
  • Working parent or family in Middlesbrough? Do you have a child aged 3 or 4? Fill in our short survey and be in with… https://t.co/0y0OIlfbMZ
    2 days 2 hours ago