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Roads in Winter

Winter gritting routes - check your route online

The Council grits A and B roads and major bus routes during the winter weather, which accounts for about a third of the county's road network, and some additional routes during severe weather. This page shows a map of gritting routes in Nottinghamshire, our #grittertwitter tweets which provide gritting updates over the winter,  as well as more information on when we grit, grit bins and more.

Map of gritting routes

The map below shows which routes are gritted.

District gritting maps

Larger-scale maps are also available to download showing gritting routes for each district:

Download a PDF showing Ashfield gritting routes [PDF 11MB]

You can also search for specific towns and street names in Ashfield using the interactive map above.
Download a PDF showing Bassetlaw gritting routes [PDF 9MB]

You can also search for specific towns and street names in Bassetlaw using the interactive map above.
Download a PDF showing Broxtowe gritting routes [PDF 12MB]

You can also search for specific towns and street names in Broxtowe using the interactive map above.
Download a PDF showing Gedling gritting routes [PDF 8MB]

You can also search for specific towns and street names in Gedling using the interactive map above.
Download a PDF showing Mansfield gritting routes [PDF 9MB]

You can also search for specific towns and street names in Mansfield using the interactive map above.
Download a PDF showing Newark gritting routes [PDF 9MB]

You can also search for specific towns and street names in Newark and Sherwood using the interactive map above.
Download a PDF showing Rushcliffe gritting routes [PDF 9MB]

You can also search for specific towns and street names in Rushcliffe using the interactive map above.
Download a PDF showing gritting routes across the whole of Nottinghamshire county [PDF 5MB]

You can also search for specific towns and street names across the county using the interactive map above.

Useful information about winter roads, including a downloadable county map of the gritting routes, is available in the Roads in Winter leaflet [PDF 2.6MB]

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When we grit

From October to April, a team of 23 permanent night shift drivers and 46 standby drivers are ready to go out when road temperatures are predicted to be at or below 0°C and ice is predicted to form on the road surface. Frost does not usually affect road surfaces until late evening or early morning so whenever possible gritting is carried out overnight and outside periods where road traffic is heavy.

If you want to know when Nottinghamshire's roads are being gritted, sign up to follow us on Twitter.

Which roads we grit

When required, the Council grit 902 miles of A and B roads as well as major bus routes - one third of the county's entire road network, equivalent to driving from Lands End to John O'Groats. This takes around three hours.

When severe weather is forecast and resources permit, we also grit one road to every major settlement, some steep residential roads and 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.

All of this costs £2.45 million a year. If we were to grit every road, it would cost an extra £5.2 million, plus an additional £8 million to pay for new equipment and salt storage, which would have to be funded by Council Tax payers. Road Tax does not pay for Council gritting services. We have to strike a balance between keeping critical roads available and the very high cost of gritting roads, which has to be paid for by the public. The map above shows which roads we grit.

The gritting of motorways and trunk roads in Nottinghamshire including the M1, A1, A46, A52 and A453 is the responsibility of the Highways Agency. Roads in Nottingham City are gritted by Nottingham City Council. Taken together with roads gritted by the County Council, this amounts to more than 1,100 miles of roads within Nottinghamshire.

Salt supplies

We have 22,000 tonnes of salt stockpiled, which is 12,000 tonnes more than official Government recommendations and puts us in a very strong position for dealing with the worst of the winter. 

Our salt is stored at four salt barns at Gamston, Bilsthorpe, Newark, and Markham Moor. Salt barns protect the salt from clumping together after rain which would make it difficult to spread. We also have smaller, open-air storage sites at Kimberley and Giltbrook which can store an additional 4,000 tonnes of salt.

Gritting myths

Myth: Once the gritter has put salt on the road all ice will melt.

  • This is not true! Spreading salt on the road is only the start of the de-icing process. Movement of salt around the road by traffic is essential to complete the process. Overnight, when traffic levels are low, roads can remain icy for some time.

Myth: Spreading salt on fresh snow will melt it more quickly. 

  • This is not true! Salt only effectively melts snow when it is less than 40mm deep and traffic can move the salt around. It is essential we plough fresh snow to a depth of 40mm before spreading salt.

Myth: No matter what the temperature, salt will melt the ice. 

  • This is not true! Grit is ineffective below about minus 7C, but it is worth spreading grit even at these temperatures so it is ready for when temperatures rise.

Myth: There is ice on my car/the air temperature is 0°C, so there must be ice on the roads.

  • This is not true! 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, so frost on a car can be a misleading guide to whether gritting is needed on the roads. 
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Temperatures

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.

Abandoned vehicles

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.

Grit bins

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.

Schools

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.

Staying safe

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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Further information

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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