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Winter road maintenance

We precautionary grit over 60% of our roads across the city and this is the largest percentage of any UK council.

Our winter service runs from 1st October to 30th April. During this time our team of 21 staff and 19 gritters are on standby 24 hours a day, 7 days a week ready to deal with whatever the winter weather may have in store for us.


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Our winter maintenance service

The Streets Ahead team are responsible for precautionary gritting across the city. This means that our fleet of 19 gritters will grit the roads when freezing temperatures are predicted.

We have five 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.

Our computer systems can also tell us if any grit is left on the road from previous treatments and the air and road surface temperature, which all helps us to make a decision when to precautionary grit the roads.


Where we grit

When required, we precautionary grit the city’s major routes, known as priority routes. These routes fall into 2 categories – priority 1 and 2 routes.

Priority 1 routes

These are the main arterial routes which link Sheffield to other major cities and the motorway network. They also provide access to key emergency facilities such as the Northern General and Hallamshire hospitals and fire stations.

Roads such as the Sheffield Parkway, Abbeydale Road, Ecclesall Road and Penistone Road are all examples of the kinds of road that would be classified as a priority 1 route.

Priority 2 routes

These are the other main routes, such as bus routes, link roads, roads where key public services facilities (such as schools, GP 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 kinds of road that that would be classified as priority 2 routes.

Pavements and cycle lanes

We grit and clear snow from our busiest pavements and pedestrianised areas, including some of those in the city centre, around the train station, hospitals and around the main retail areas.

We do not grit any other pavements across the city.

We grit cycle lanes if they are on roads that form part of a priority 1 or priority 2 gritting route.

We do not grit or clear snow from all pavements, all cycle lanes, cycle ways or cycle paths.


What we don’t grit

We do not precautionary grit or clear snow from:

  • Unadopted and private roads
  • The majority of pavements (other than those described above)
  • Cycle lanes (unless they are on a road which forms part of a priority 1 or priority 2 route)
  • Motorways
  • A631 (Tinsley Lower deck)
  • A616 (Stocksbridge Bypass)


How we grit the roads 

We usually apply rock salt to the roads to melt ice or snow and only apply ‘grit’ (6mm granite chippings) if temperatures drop below -8oc, when rock salt is no longer effective.

Rock salt is a lot finer than grit and therefore less detectable to the eye.

How we (salt) grit roads.


People with health needs

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals have their own arrangements for making sure that those 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  Sheffield Teaching Hospitals identify priority patients, please contact your health provider or local hospital.

  • Modified: Nov 3, 2015 8:12:03 AM