Gritting routes and salting roads in Hertfordshire
Our winter roads service runs 1st October to 30th April. Road gritting, also known as salting, is carried out by a fleet of 58 gritter lorries. We are on 24 hour standby during this period.
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Gritting /Salting routes
View latest salting decisions to see which roads are going to be gritted today.
When icy weather or snow is forecast, we grit major roads in Hertfordshire, as required. These are known as our primary routes and include:
● A and B roads but not motorways
● Major bus routes
● One road in and out of each village
After prolonged periods of serious icy weather or after snow and once all of the primary routes have been cleared we may have the facilities to grit the secondary routes. These include:
● Steep roads in urban / residential areas
● Rural roads with poor drainage
View primary (red) and secondary (blue) gritting routes - Salting / Gritting Map.
In addition to the routes shown on the above map we are also gritting these roads as primary routes for 2016/17 only. All routes will be reviewed for 2017/18.
Snow ploughs are used to clear roads during heavy snowfall - we start on primary routes before moving to secondary routes, when resource and salt supplies allow. Local farmers and other contractors are also on call to help when needed.
When salt supplies and resources allow, district and borough councils help to clear well-used paths and pavements when they become covered with snow.