District gritting maps
Larger-scale maps are also available to download showing gritting routes for each district:
Gritting is necessary whenever ice is likely to form on roads. That means when it is forecast there will be moisture on the road and the road temperature will be 0°C or below. The road temperature often stays higher than the air temperature because roads retain heat from the sun longer than the air.
Ice may have formed on your car, but not on the roads. Roads retain heat and do not cool down nearly as quickly as objects such as cars, and so frost on a car can be a misleading guide to whether gritting is needed on the roads. Gritting in these situations would be a waste of our stocks and Council Taxpayers' money.
Snow on the road
Gritting makes road surfaces safer but it cannot prevent frost appearing or snow falling. If the weather is severe, we cannot keep even continuously gritted roads entirely free of ice and snow.
Each year the gritters are hampered by poor parking and abandoned vehicles. We would ask drivers to park considerately and, if they have to abandon their vehicle, push it to the side of the road and notify the police on tel: 101.
Requests for gritting
In extreme circumstances and following the completion of Main and Severe Weather Routes, some additional gritting may take place. Make an additional gritting request. All additional gritting requests are subject to resources, conditions and local issues.
Yellow grit bins
Yellow grit bins are provided and maintained by the County Council where:
- A junction hazard is present
- The alignment and gradients of the road contribute to hazardous conditions in severe winter weather
- There is very high pedestrian movement, especially near local centres or the site is used regularly by the elderly, very young or mobility impaired.
It costs around £70 to refill each grit bin and they are refilled throughout the gritting season. When conditions are particularly icy, it can be difficult for the maintenance vehicles to get to some grit bin locations so we have to wait until the ice melts before those bins can be refilled. The sand/salt mix is supplied for residents to use on roads and footpaths and not for the use of residents to treat their own private drives.
You can report an empty grit bin online. Please note it may take up to 7 days to refill grit bins and this will be weather dependent.
Blue grit bins
Residents, town and parish councils can purchase a blue grit bin from the County Council – coloured blue to differentiate them from the Council's own yellow bins – which can be delivered, filled with a sand/salt mix, ready for use.
The cost of these bins is £150 and includes delivery and the initial filling of the bins.
Once delivered, local residents become responsible for making sure their blue bin is kept full and for the spreading of the sand/salt mix in severe weather.
To request a blue grit bin, contact the Customer Service Centre.
The decision whether or not to close a school due to snow and ice is taken by that school's headteacher. We grit access roads to special schools as some of these children receive essential medical care at school. We cannot grit all side roads as we have to prioritise the main routes, but most Nottinghamshire schools are on or close to main gritting routes.
Even if all minor roads around schools were gritted, this would not necessarily mean they could stay open as teachers who travel long distances still might not be able to get to work.
Cost price salt is available to schools from the County Council to help keep playgrounds and nearby pavements clear.
For details of schools forced to close due to weather or unforeseen problems, please see our school closures page.
We grit the major bus routes as a priority, so catch a bus, train or tram instead of driving. Plan your journey at Traveline East Midlands. If you really must drive, follow our winter driving advice.
It is the responsibility of drivers to be aware of road conditions and adjust their driving accordingly. This means driving in an appropriate manner for the road conditions and the weather, whether that is dazzling sunshine, rain or ice and snow.
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 highly unlikely anyone could be successfully sued for clearing snow as long as they are careful and use common sense to make sure they don't make the pavement clearly more dangerous than it was before. People using areas affected by snow and ice also have a responsibility to be careful themselves.
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To receive updates about gritting, follow us on Twitter. We use the hashtag #grittertwitter on all gritting-related tweets.
To help you be safe on the road this winter read our winter driving advice.
You can read our full Winter Weather Plan on our Emergency Plans page.
For further information or enquiries:
- contact our Customer Service Centre for county roads
- contact Nottingham City Council on tel: 0115 915 2000 for city roads
- contact Aone+ on tel: 0844 372 8381 for the A46 and A1 trunk roads, M1, A52 and A453 in Nottinghamshire.
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