Find out how we keep your roads clear of ice and snow in winter.
When icy weather or snow is forecast, we grit roads in a priority order.
Priority 1 (primary routes)
- A and B Roads
- Routes to hospitals, GP surgeries and urgent care centres, plus designated emergency service routes
- Train stations (in-county and on boundaries), airports (near boundaries) and transport interchanges.
Priority 2a (primary routes)
- Bus routes (including school bus routes)
- 1 road into each village of 50 houses or more
- Roads linking rural communities or key infrastructures and industrial areas.
Priority 2b (primary routes)
- Roads with a gradients (steepness) of 10% and over
- Libraries, community centres, care homes, key pharmacies, critical utility infrastructure
- Off-road paved cycle paths.
Priority 3 (secondary routes)
After long periods of serious icy weather or snow, once we've cleared all the primary routes, we may have the facilities to grit the secondary routes (blue on the gritting route map) including:
- ther steep roads in urban and residential areas
- rural roads with poor drainage.
- Rest of the road network where running or standing water is a hazard
This is all where it's practical and accessible.
We use snow ploughs to clear roads during heavy snowfall.
District and borough councils may help us to clear town centres and main pavements when they become covered with snow.
Learn about the risks of driving through fords and floods.
Read guidance on driving in severe weather.
Groups and associations can help their local community with our winter self-help scheme. You can get free salt if you represent:
- resident associations
- resident groups (you must have a constitution or agreed terms of reference)
- town and parish councils
- community groups and charities.
Applications for free salt need to be made to your councillor before November.
Advice on how best to clear snow and ice on roads and footpaths.
Met Office advice to prepare and cope with winter weather.