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Gritting and snow clearance

We only grit and clear snow from specific roads during the winter season, which usually lasts from November to March. These roads include:

  • public transport routes
  • main industrial and business centres
  • main routes for emergency services
  • main routes for council depots and other critical services

When there is ice or snow for long periods of time, we may also grit and clear:

  • busy pavements
  • roads around hospitals
  • train and bus stations

We may also send out snow ploughs if needed.

During heavy snow, we may provide salt sacks at key locations. If the weather is bad and there is high demand for road gritting, we may not refill salt sacks as regularly. There is a limited amount of salt, so please use it wisely for your community roads and pavements.

You can’t report or request gritting or snow clearance.

For more information on what we do during winter, refer to our winter maintenance plan (PDF). This plan is reviewed every year and as a result, the roads we grit may change. You can also find out what you can do to get ready for winter from the Met Office.