Winter weather damage to roads and pavements

During cold winter weather existing potholes often get worse and new potholes are easily created by water seeping beneath the road surface when snow and ice melt. We carry out regular inspections and always inspect potholes reported to us by the public, taking action to fix them when needed.

You should report potholes to us if you see them.

In icy conditions, all pavement and road surfaces can be slippery. We advise everyone to take extra care when walking on all footpaths during winter weather and use the grit bins provided. 

Our winter service runs from 1 October to 30 April. During this time our operatives and gritting vehicles are on standby 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

We have 5 weather stations across Sheffield that provide us with up-to-the-minute weather forecasts, helping us to decide when we need to grit the city’s roads.

Priority gritting routes

We grit over 60% of the highway network in priority order. This includes:

  • priority 1 routes – the main arterial routes which link Sheffield to other major cities and motorways
  • priority 2 routes – other main routes, such as bus routes, link roads, roads where key public service facilities are located, and rural routes

We also clear snow from our busiest pavements and pedestrianised areas, for example around the city centre, hospitals and main retail areas. We do not grit any other pavements across the city. Abandoned or badly parked cars can prevent our gritters getting through. Please be mindful where you leave your vehicle during snow events.

Keep updated on the latest traffic camera images during snow events by following Streets Ahead on Twitter at: @sccstreetsahead

You can get the latest weather reports from the Met Office or follow them on Twitter at @metoffice.

Map of Sheffield gritting routes 

Snow clearing advice

We accept no liability for any injury caused to or by persons volunteering to clear snow or ice.

Grit salt bins

We have over 2,200 grit bins across the city, which are checked and filled at the start of each winter. Please let us know if a bin is empty, missing, damaged or if there is another problem with it.

Request for relocating an under-used grit bin

We would not usually consider grit bins within 200 metres of an existing grit bin, or a grit bin on any road that forms part of the priority 1 or 2 precautionary gritting routes.

If you would like to request a grit bin relocation then the site you are recommending would need to meet 2 or more of the following criteria:

  • the road has a drainage problem
  • the road has a steep gradient of 1 in 10 (10%)
  • there is a bad bend that has a radius of less than 50 metres
  • is on a junction
  • the road has a main entrance to sheltered housing
  • the road has a main entrance to a school
  • is in an isolated area
  • traffic signals are close (within 20m)
  • a roundabout is close (within 20m) 

If your location meets 2 or more of the criteria then please contact us to ask for a grit bin relocation. This will be assessed by the Streets Ahead team at the end of the winter season, with priority given to the highest scoring sites.

Map of Sheffield grit bins

Contact Streets Ahead

Floor 2 Howden House 1 Union Street Sheffield S1 2SH