We have 5 weather stations across Sheffield providing us up to the minute weather forecasts as well as key information such as the amount of salt remaining on the road, air temperature and road surface temperature which helps to inform the decision when to precautionary salt Sheffield’s roads.
The routes that we precautionary salt across the city are known as our Priority routes, which fall into 2 categories:
These are the main and arterial roads which link Sheffield to other major cities, the motorway network and provide a means of access to key emergency facilities such as hospitals and fire stations.
Roads such as the Parkway, Abbeydale Road, Ecclesall Road and Penistone Road are all examples of the kind of road which would be classed as a Priority 1 route.
These cover the other main roads, link roads, roads where key public service facilities (such as schools, doctor’s surgeries and care homes) are located, and rural routes serving less populated areas.
Roads such as Staniforth Road, Bellhouse Road, Ecclesfield Road, Handsworth Road, Carlisle Street East and Worrall Road are all good examples of the kind of road which would be classed as a Priority 2 route.
The product we usually apply to the highway network to melt ice or snow is rock salt. We only apply “grit” (6mm granite chippings) in the event of temperatures dropping below -8’c when the rock salt is no longer effective.
The salt we use is a lot finer than grit and therefore is less detectable to the eye.
We do not precautionary grit or clear snow from:
Sheffield Teaching Hospitals have their own arrangements for making sure priority patients who need to attend hospital for urgent or lifesaving treatment are able to get to and from hospital.
These patients are identified by clinicians at the hospitals in advance and necessary arrangements are made.
If you have any questions about how the NHS identifies its priority patients please contact your health provider or local hospital.