Travelling in snowy conditions

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  • we grit primary routes and footpaths when weather forecasts predict icy conditions from November to March
  • we also grit secondary routes where resources are available
  • we carry out further salting and ploughing where needed if it snows
  • for further details and a map, see winter services and gritting

Salt bins for roads

  • we provide salt bins for roads, which we inspect and refill throughout the winter
  • see winter services and gritting to see where salt bins are located in York

Cycle routes

  • off-road council cycle routes are treated with grit or sand in the early stages of winter
  • routes are then monitored to see if further treatment is necessary


  • we treat priority footpaths depending on how bad the weather is; this mainly covers city centre areas
  • we clear and treat other well-used footpaths when resources are available; however, most footpaths are unlikely to be treated and pedestrians should take extra care in icy conditions
  • volunteer snow wardens give up their time to clear snow during bad weather; find out about how you could help as a volunteer snow warden
  • see further information on clearing snow and ice from pavements

Car parks

  • car parks are not routinely gritted, so please take extra care
  • entrances and exits are usually cleared following heavy snow when resources are available

York city walls

  • York city walls are closed if ice and snow make them too slippery to walk on safely

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