We grit 46% of our 3820 kilometre (2368 mile) highway network. All roads cannot be treated due to budget, gritting vehicle size and mobilisation time.
When the formation of ice is predicted, it is our policy to grit:
Please still take care when roads have been gritted as there may still be ice on the road. And never assume a road has been gritted.
We work with the National Farmers Union to increase the reserve of local snow clearing contractors, to help with snow clearance during periods of severe weather.
Residents Associations and town councils can provide grit bins in locations that have been agreed with us. We will replenish these grit bins.
Members of the public can purchase grit bins but must get permission from us for their location.
The location of bins is strictly controlled and they tend to be authorised on estate roads, mainly cul-de-sacs, where drivers have no other way of exiting the road, which are away from precautionary gritted routes and have a steep incline.