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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

We have now entered the winter maintenance period. We will be updating this page Monday to Friday. For information about gritting during evenings, weekends, and Bank Holidays, follow us on twitter @mbrocouncil and look out for #mbrowinter.

Tuesday 22 October - no gritting planned.

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 2018/19

  • First grit this season - 27/10/2018
  • Distance covered per gritting run (five routes) - 180 miles
  • Total time to grit all routes - 2 hours
  • Number of gritters - 7  (with an additional two new multi-purpose gritting vehicles on order)
  • Amount of grit available in 2018/19 - 4,000 tonnes
  • Amount of grit used in 2017/18 - 3,500 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.

Ten 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's free Stay Safe and Warm scheme offers access to borrow heaters and other equipment for those struggling to stay warm in their home.

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: