Gritting decisions are made at least once a day, sometimes more in colder weather.
Latest decision made: Thursday 4 April 2013.
- Gritting, all primary routes, 7pm
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Deciding which roads to grit
The busiest primary roads are gritted first. These include the major A and B roads, and about 75% of C roads. Gritting decisions are made at least once a day and more often during periods of severe weather.
We give priority to roads leading to:
- hospitals, fire, ambulance and police stations
- public transport stations
- main shopping areas and schools
- difficult sites (very steep hills etc).
Other gritting routes and exceptional conditions
During snow and very severe icy conditions we treat an additional 130 miles of secondary roads.
Requests to add roads to our gritting network are added to a list which we regularly review. Our existing budget means that we are currently unable to add more roads, but to have a road added to the list, please contact our Highways Contact Centre.
Deciding when to grit
We send our gritters out before frost and ice are formed by freezing temperatures.
We schedule the gritting process based on the weather forecast. Where possible, we try to avoid the morning and evening rush hours.
When will my road be gritted?
If your road is not on our primary or secondary gritting routes, it will not be gritted. Minor rural and urban roads are left to thaw naturally.
We use a small size of rock salt grit which is extremely light, not very dense and is unlikely to cause damage to vehicles.
We don't have the resources to routinely grit footpaths or pavements. Hand gritting pavements in main shopping areas and busy urban areas is carried out if staff and equipment is available.
We encourage householders and businesses to help themselves by clearing snow and ice from public areas near their properties. We also encourage people to help neighbours who may not be able to clear snow and ice themselves.
For more advice, see: