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 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 morning gritting operations will begin at 4.30am and by 7am nearly 200 miles of major roads in the borough will have been treated. 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