Gritting ends for another year

16 April 2019

Gritting crews in the borough have hung up their boots until the next outbreak of chilly weather, after Thurrock Council officially declared the end of another gritting season.

Environment and Highways teams completed 40 gritting runs using 1,001 tonnes of rock salt during low temperatures between Tuesday 30 October 2018 and Wednesday 3 April 2019.

A new fleet of specialist multi-purpose vehicles, also used for road maintenance work, was used for the first time during the 2018/19 season and proved reliable, cumulatively gritting approximately 8,900 miles of priority routes throughout the borough – the equivalent distance from Grays to Perth, Australia.

These routes make up the main road network, including the A13 and bus routes, and take nearly three hours to grit.

The teams’ busiest month was January 2019 when 21 runs were made.

To find out more about the council’s gritting operation, visit