How we prioritise our gritting routes
When icy weather or snow is forecast, we grit roads in a priority order.
During typical icy weather, we grit "primary routes" which are:
Priority 1 ("precautionary" 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 ("precautionary" routes)
- Bus routes, including school bus routes (not including minibuses)
- 1 road into each village of 50 houses or more
- Roads linking rural communities or key infrastructures and industrial areas.
Priority 2b ("precautionary" routes)
- Roads with a gradient (steepness) of 10% and over (where recorded)
- Libraries, community centres, care homes, key pharmacies, critical utility infrastructure
- Off-road paved cycle paths. All where practical and accessible.
During periods of sustained ice or snow, we may also grit secondary routes too.
Map of our primary (red) and secondary (blue) gritting routes