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Hertfordshire County Council

Find out how we keep your roads clear of ice and snow in winter.

What are the routes?

When icy weather or snow is forecast we grit major roads. We call these primary routes (red on the gritting route map) and these are our priority.

They include:

  • A and B roads but not motorways
  • major bus routes
  • 1 road in and out of each village.

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:

  • steep roads in urban / residential areas
  • rural roads with poor drainage.

What happens if the weather gets worse?

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.

Can I grit my road myself?

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
  • schools (schools on a primary gritting route can't apply)
  • 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.


Read our Winter Operational Service Plan 2017-18 (PDF 2.59MB) Opening in a new window for more detail about how we maintain the roads in Hertfordshire during winter.