When we grit
Gritters are on standby 24 hours a day between October and April.
Gritters go out when forecasts suggest:
- road temperatures will be at 0°C or below
- moisture will be present to form ice.
The road temperature often stays higher than the air temperature because roads retain heat from the sun longer than the air.
Roads do not cool down nearly as quickly as objects such as cars. This means frost on a car can be a misleading guide to whether gritting is needed on the roads.
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Which roads we grit
When required we grit:
- A roads
- B roads
- major bus routes
This is one third of the county's entire road network. This amounts to approximately 1,120 miles, further than driving from Lands' End to John O'Groats.
Severe weather routes
When severe weather is forecast and resources permit, we also grit:
- one road to every major settlement
- some steep residential roads
- access routes to special schools (as some of the children get medical care there).
Busy footways in pedestrian areas and town centres are treated when ice or settled snow is likely to persist for more than 24 hours.
Request a new gritting route
In extreme circumstances and following the completion of main and severe weather routes, some additional gritting may take place.
You can make an additional gritting request.
All requests are subject to resources, conditions and local issues.
Some roads in Nottinghamshire are gritted by other organisations:
- motorways and trunk roads (including the M1, A1, A46, A52 and A453) are gritted by A-one+ on behalf of Highways England
- roads in Nottingham City are gritted by Nottingham City Council.
We stockpile 20,000 tonnes of salt at the start of winter, 100% more than the offical government recommendation which puts us in a very strong position for dealing with the worst of the winter.
We have four salt barns at:
- Markham Moor.
Salt barns protect the salt from clumping together after rain which would make it difficult to spread.
We also have a smaller, open-air storage site at Giltbrook which can store an additional 2,000 tonnes of salt.
Clearing snow yourself
You can spread grit or even ordinary table salt outside your property and clear snow from the road or pavement.
The government has issued guidance saying it is unlikely that you would be sued or held responsible if someone is injured on a path or pavement if you’ve cleared it carefully.