We have reviewed our winter policy to make sure we comply with the new code of practice 'Well-Managed Highway Infrastructure'. This aims to provide a safe, well managed and resilient highway network for all who use it. Our winter policy gives priority to high use roads. Also, roads that access community facilities, such as hospitals, schools and shopping centres.
The winter service sees a move from specific guidelines to a risk-based approach. Appropriate risks are determined from a wide range of evidence. The priority for road gritting is based on route hierarchy and level of use. Main roads will be gritted before other routes. Before, the Council’s gritting programme was based on custom and practice with no clear rules for the selection of routes.
We cannot grit the whole of the road network in Calderdale, due to the time and cost involved. At the moment, we grit over 600km of roads in the Borough. Other routes will be added after extra gritters have been brought in and we have solved some access issues.
The review included checking what routes can be reached by gritters (access to some roads is narrowed by parked cars). Also, that a safe turning circle is available for the large gritting vehicles.
Other arrangements are being looked in to for roads that are too narrow for gritters to access. This may include the use of the Council’s Safer, Cleaner, Greener service fleet.
If you want to know how we decide where and when to grit, view the gritting infographic.
In severe weather, snow clearing work is done with the following priority:
- A roads;
- B roads;
- remainder of the priority network.
Clearing and removing snow from roads depends upon the amount of snow and the conditions at any particular time.
Over 600 salt bins have been checked and replaced where necessary across the Borough. This will help residents keep neighbourhood streets and paths clear of ice and snow. You can report bins that need to be refilled online.
Please drive with care, to the road conditions and exercise caution during wintery weather.
For more on how you can prepare for wintery conditions, read: Be prepared: stay winter wise [PDF 12787KB] .
These have been written in plain and easy to follow English. If they appear to conflict with the gritting policy, the gritting policy takes precedent.