Gritting roads and footpaths

2. Roads

A decision to undertake precautionary gritting of the main road network is based on:

  • weather forecasts
  • existing or potential road moisture
  • existing grit on the road

In the event of snow, precautionary gritting will be done. Further gritting and ploughing will be undertaken during the period of snowfall as resources and priorities allow.

Roads are divided into different categories, based on their level of usage.

  • Major ‘A’ roads, bus routes and key transport routes are classified as priority routes 1-5
  • Secondary bus routes, school routes and feeder roads that carry high levels of traffic are classified as priority routes 6-10

Priority routes 1-5 will be treated within two hours of gritting. This means that priority routes 6-10 will be gritted once the higher priority roads have been treated. This will be around five hours after the beginning of gritting.

Other roads will be treated during prolonged, severe weather conditions when the main roads have been treated.

We consider Met Office data and local weather station information before deciding on appropriate actions and levels of priority.