We carry out gritting (salting) between November and April, to keep roads safe in winter weather conditions of snow, ice and frost - our fleet of large gritters and mini tractors are responsible for gritting around 360 miles of roads, footpaths and cycle paths, using up to 2,800 tonnes of salt.
Map of gritting routes
Search the map by postcode or street name to find near by primary and seconday gritting routes, shown as blue lines (salt bins are shown as red icons).
Gritting is normally carried out in the evening and early morning when:
- road surface temperatures are predicted to drop below 0°C
- frost or ice is expected to form on the road
- snow is forecast
Some circumstances affect when and how we spread grit, including:
- severe weather conditions
- traffic congestion causing delays
- forecast rain, which could wash grit away
- snow fall greater than 5cm, meaning ploughing is needed first
- unexpected changes in weather conditions, limiting time to cover routes before 'rush hour'
- temperatures below -5°C, which make grit less effective
Our responsiblity for gritting
We carry out precautionary gritting on primary routes and city centre footpaths when there's a risk of frost, ice or snow; secondary routes will be gritted if resources are available.
We'll keep you informed about gritting, as far as possible, via the media - follow @YorkGritter on Twitter for updates.
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
We provide salt bins at key points to encourage 'self-help' when roads are icy; salt (grit) in these bins is not for use on footpaths.
Travelling in winter weather
Movement of grit, caused by traffic on the road, is essential to complete the de-icing process; if traffic levels are low overnight, roads can remain icy for some time.
Motorists, should drive with caution and not assume gritting has been carried out, nor that gritted roads are safer.
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.