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Winter road maintenance

Our winter maintenance service is in operation from the 1st October to the 30th April, 24 hours a day 7 days a week or whenever the weather demands.

Real-time updates about gritting and snow clearance on Twitter.

Check your route with our traffic cameras.

Gritting routes.

Grit / salt bins.


About winter road maintenance

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:


Priority 1 routes

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.


Priority 2 routes

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.


Why we salt roads (and don't grit them)

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.

How we salt (grit) roads.


What we don’t salt

We do not precautionary grit or clear snow from:

  • Unadopted and private roads
  • The majority of pavements (other than those described above)
  • Cycle ways and cycle paths
  • Cycle Lanes (unless they are on a road which form part of form part of a Priority 1 or Priority 2 gritting route)
  • Motorways
  • A631 (Tinsley Lower deck)
  • A616 (Stocksbridge Bypass)


People with health needs

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.

  • Modified: Jan 19, 2015 9:34:10 AM