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Council resources in winter

​Answers to popular questions about our highways winter resources.


We have a fleet of 7 gritters (also known as spreaders) that were new in 2010 and supplied by ECON, the UK's leading supplier of highways winter maintenance equipment. They've a ‘low throw’ spreading device that distributes the salt on the road at a lower level than the traditional gritters. This ensures the majority of the salt is kept on the roads and minimises the amount of salt which bounces up and hits cars.

All the gritters are fitted with a GPS tracking system that provides live and archived data. The tracking system lets us know the exact route the gritters have travelled, the start and finish time of the treatment, the speed they travelled at, the extent of the road they treated and the amount of salt which was spread on the roads, amongst other vital information.

Our fleet of gritters also have demountable snow ploughs that can be fitted to clear snow from the highway.

Salt supply

The council started the 2014-2015 winter season with a stock of 4,500 tonnes of rock salt that is covered over to protect it from the weather and preserve its quality. Our winter service policy specifies a minimum stock of 4,000 tonnes.

We have a restocking arrangement with our supplier, Compass Minerals, who will maintain our stocks throughout the winter period. The amount that we hold in stock will be reduced towards the end of the winter as the risk of snow and ice diminishes.

Winter staffing

We have a contract with Balfour Beatty for them to provide the highways winter service on a 24 hour basis throughout the whole winter season from mid October to mid April.

The winter service is also coordinated within the wider council so other services are able to provide resources where needed during periods of severe winter weather.

Salt bins

There are many salt bins located around the borough which anyone can use on public roads and pavements.

How you can help

HM Government has published advice on how to clear snow and ice from pavements yourself.

Find out about ways that you can support your local community.


0300 303 8879

Phone: Monday-Friday 8.30am-5.30pm.
Closed for training Monday 11am-11.30am.

Highways and Engineering Service
Number One Riverside
Smith Street
Rochdale OL16 1XU

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