New gritting routes to keep the county moving

Published: 24 Sep 2018

The county’s gritters will be doing even more to keep the county moving this winter, as Hertfordshire County Council has approved new gritting routes to help keep key roads clear of snow and ice.

The county council’s fleet of 58 gritters 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.

Phil Bibby, Cabinet Member for Highways, said: “Last year was a record-breaker for our gritters, which went out 90 times across the winter. While they did a great job of keeping the main roads clear, we had a lot of comments from residents that the roads they really needed to use, for example to get their kids to school, weren’t on the gritting routes.

“We’ve listened to that, and while we’ll never be able to grit every road in the county, we’ve reviewed which roads our gritters do cover. These changes will help make sure that, for example, schools can stay open and people can still get access to health and social care when it snows.

“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.”

The complete routes, along with other with other information about our highways winter service, can be found at