Gritters on standby as winter approaches

Published: 01 Oct 2018

From 1 October Hertfordshire’s fleet of 58 gritters are on standby, ready to spring into action and salt the county’s roads when freezing weather approaches.

Gritter crews from our highways contractor Ringway will be ready around the clock to cover nearly half of Hertfordshire's entire road network – that’s more than 1,400 miles (2,230km) or the equivalent of salting from Hertford to Berlin and back.

Phil Bibby, Cabinet Member for Highways, said: “October is the beginning of our winter season and we make sure our gritters are ready, our salt stocks are high and that county’s 1,000-plus salt bins are topped up. Our crews will be on standby 24 hours a day until April, ready to deal with whatever the weather throws at us.

“We don’t know how much, if any, snow and ice we’ll see this winter, but I’m confident that our highways teams are ready and we will do everything we can to keep the county’s roads open and safe whatever the weather.”

We have reviewed our gritting routes following last year’s record-breaking number of runs, and will where practical, now grit roads to schools, care homes, doctor’s surgeries, key pharmacies and libraries, as well as all the county’s A and B roads, bus routes (including school bus routes), roads with a 10% gradient or steeper and at least one route into every village.

We supply salt to schools if they request it, to help them stay open during icy weather. We will also supply district, borough and parish and town councils on request so they can use their local knowledge to identify exactly where best to use the salt during severe weather.

Community groups and residents associations can also access free gritting salt and last year some 200 local groups took advantage of this.

Application forms can be found at and must be received by the county council by 31 October.

For more information about Hertfordshire County Council’s winter service programme or to receive real-time updates direct to your computer or mobile phone visit and follow the 'salting decision' link. You can also find information on how to clear snow and ice yourself.

You can also find out the latest salting decisions by following us on Twitter via #grittertwitter on  

To see a map of all the routes we salt when temperatures are below zero visit and select ‘Winter gritting routes’ from the 'Driver Information' menu.