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We grit 46% of our 3820 kilometre (2368 mile) highway network.

When the formation of ice is predicted, it is our policy to grit:

  • all main traffic routes, A roads, most B roads and one or other two other strategic routes;
  • in urban areas, the accesses to hospitals and main industrial estates;
  • a single route into all villages.

All roads cannot be treated due to budget, gritting vehicle size and mobilisation time.


Schools are only gritted if they are already on the agreed gritting routes.

During severe weather schools may be forced to close.

School closures.

Adding new roads

If you believe a road falls into our policy for gritting shown above, please contact us and we will consider the change.

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.


In the event of snowfall, the roads receiving gritting will be cleared as soon as soon as we can, starting in areas of the heaviest snowfall. Strategic link routes will be made accessible across the network first. Highly used footpaths and cycleways will also be cleared. When snow falls are heavy, at least one route into villages will be cleared.

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.

There is no law stopping you from clearing snow and ice on the pavement outside your property, pathways to your property or public space.

If an accident did happen, it’s highly unlikely that you would be sued as long as you:

  • are careful;
  • use common sense to make sure that you don’t make the pavement or pathway clearly more dangerous than before.

For more information on snow clearance please see the Government Snow Code.

Footways and cycleways

If resources are available, the highest used footpaths and cycleways will be gritted during daylight hours, during periods of persistent wide spread ice (rather than frost) for more than 18 hours in a 24 hour period, and when temperatures are not forecast to rise above zero for 18 hours.

Grit Bins

The location of bins is strictly controlled and they tend to be authorised on roads which are away from precautionary gritted routes and have a steep inclines.

Rural and urban areas

Residents Associations and town councils can provide grit bins in locations that have been agreed with us. We will replenish these grit bins.

Private purchase

Members of the public can purchase grit bins but must get permission from us for their location.


We will re-fill grit bins before the start of each winter season (October – November). We will carry out further re-fills depending on the weather. If however a grit bin is empty please report this to us and we will arrange for it to be re-filled.

Snow wardens

Snow Wardens act as our eyes and ears. Their role is to notify the Council of any particular problems in their area; they are not expected to clear snow themselves.

Further information on snow wardens.


The number of potholes on our roads increases during cold periods. Please report any potholes which could pose a safety hazard to cyclists, motorcyclists and car users.