Check to see which roads are gritted
We will generally grit priority roads when road temperatures drop below 0.5 degrees Celsius. Our priority roads include:
- all A and B roads
- some C roads
- other roads
You should still take extra caution during icy conditions and still treat the network as if it were untreated.
In the event of heavy snowfall, we may focus on the county's most strategic routes - around 22% of the overall network. This will continue as long as it snows during which time only some A and B roads will be gritted.
Once the snow has cleared, we will go back to the priority routes as soon as possible.
When we grit
We grit based on:
- weather forecasts
- road surface temperature and dampness
- air temperature and humidity
When we grit, we try to do so either before the ice has set or once the snow has settled.
Why roads may still be icy
This can be because:
- temperatures can fall after rain
- high winds or rain can take the salt off the road
- in weather below -8ºC, ice will still form
Cycleways and footpaths
We may also grit cycleways and footways in:
- main shopping areas
- other key pedestrian and cycle facilities
Gritting your own road
If your road is not included in our gritting route, you can request a salt bin.
Watch this video explaining how we prepare for winter, how and when we decide to grit and which routes are treated.