Gritting and snow clearance

We have a legal responsibility to maintain clear and safe passage along the highway, including clearing snow and ice during adverse weather conditions. Snow clearance involves implementing extensive emergency plans and during these times, we will use all of our resources available to clear roads affected in the shortest time possible.

We have four gritting vehicles with ploughs and our own salt barn.

On a typical frosty evening, gritting operations will begin at 7.30pm and will cover an average of 100 miles of major roads in the borough. The average length of a snow plough route is 26 miles.

In certain extreme conditions, it may be necessary to spread a mixture of salt and grit to achieve traction, particularly in the case of compacted snow.

Our Winter Maintenance Policy