We carry out road gritting (or salting) from November through to April to keep road users safe in conditions of snow, ice and frost.
Our 10 large gritters and 5 mini tractors cover around 359 miles of roads, footways and off-road cycle paths with up to 2,800 tonnes of salt.
Follow the gritting team on Twitter @YorkGritter for updates on when and where they'll be gritting.
Our gritting routes are shown on the map in blue.
Gritting is carried out when:
- road surface temperatures are predicted to drop below 0°C
- frost or ice is expected to form on the road
- snow is forecast
Factors outside our control can affect when and how we spread grit:
- delays can occur due to traffic conditions (however, this is normally completed by the start of the working day)
- we may spread grit at other times (other than evenings or early mornings) during severe weather conditions
- if rain is forecast, we have to delay gritting to stop it being washed away
- if it snows, we carry out further gritting and ploughing where needed
- if frost follows rain in the early hours, or freezing occurs unexpectedly, there may not be enough time to grit the entire priority network before the morning rush hour; motorists, therefore, should drive with caution and not assume that gritting has been carried out
- movement of salt around the road by traffic is essential to complete the de-icing process and, when traffic levels are low overnight, roads can remain icy for some time
- salt only effectively melts snow when it is less than 4cm deep and traffic can move the salt around, so it is essential we plough fresh snow to a depth of 5cm before spreading salt
- spreading salt will not always melt ice; in the concentrations we use on our roads, salt does not melt ice below -8°C and is less effective at temperatures below -5°C
Our gritting service includes:
- carrying out precautionary gritting on primary routes when there is a risk of frost, ice or snow
- gritting secondary routes where resources are available
- gritting city centre footpaths
- keeping you informed as far as possible via the media
You can report a problem related to ice or snow on roads and pavements online, but be aware that we cannot:
- grit motorways or trunk roads; these are the responsibility of Highways England
- grit all highways; we only grit primary routes shown on the map
- keep roads free of ice and snow all of the time
- grit land that doesn't belong to us, such as on Explore library property - contact libraries directly to report slippery conditions
- grit car parks, cycle tracks or footpaths outside of the city centre
Salt bins are shown on the map in red. We provide salt bins at these key points to encourage 'self-help' for treating ice on road. Note: salt in these bins is not for use on footpaths.
We inspect and refill salt bins throughout the winter, however you can report a problem with a salt bin online at any time.
Planning journeys in winter weather
Find out more about:
- safer winter driving (including the Highway Code guidance for driving in adverse weather)
- travelling in snowy conditions
For more information on buses, cycling, car sharing, Park & Ride, walking and journey planning throughout the York area, visit iTravel York.