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Cleaning gullies in Central Bedfordshire

Our highways team has started a programme of works to clean every gully in Central Bedfordshire.

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There are over 45,000 gullies in Central Bedfordshire and this programme will allow us to log and record every gully in the area. We don't currently have this data, but it's essential to help us maintain the highway in a cost effective way.

You can see how gullies are cleaned by watching our video:


View list of gullies in Central Bedfordshire (PDF 102.9KB)

Questions and answers

What is a gully?

A gully consists of a concrete pot positioned under the road surface with an iron grate visible from the road. Water is collected in the concrete pot and is then channelled through a series of pipes before connecting into the main sewer network. Sometimes these pipes and channels become blocked with soil, leaves and rubbish preventing the flow of water to the main sewer.

How did we manage the cleaning of gullies in the past?

In the past we have cleared all roadside gullies every three years, with higher risk gullies being treated more regularly. This means that approximately 40% have been cleaned every year.

What happens if a lid is stuck or broke?

If a gully lid is stuck and we’re unable to clean or jet the gully, we will log and mark it to be completed at another date during this programme.

Are parked cars an issue?

Parked cars can cause an issue to our crews cleaning and jetting the gullies as they be unable to have access to the drain. We make every effort to find the vehicle owner and ask them to move the car. If we’re unable to access the gully, we will make a note to return on another date.

Keeping up-to-date

Follow @CBC_Highways on Twitter (link opens in new window) to keep up-to-date with the programme.

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