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Travelling in snowy conditions

If you have to travel in wintry conditions, the following information can help you stay safe.

Travelling by road

We carry out road gritting (or salting) in conditions of snow, ice and frost.

Find out more about travelling by road in adverse weather:

Cycle routes

We treat off-road council cycle routes with grit in the early stages of winter. We then monitor routes to see if further treatment is necessary.

See winter cycling tips (iTravel York).


Most footpaths are unlikely to be gritted so take extra care when walking in icy conditions.

We only grit priority footpaths which mainly cover city centre areas, depending on how bad the weather is. We clear and treat other well-used footpaths when resources are available.

See further advice on clearing snow and ice from pavements.

Car parks

Car parks are not routinely gritted, so take extra care.

Car park entrances and exits are usually cleared following heavy snow, if resources are available.

York City Walls

York City Walls are closed if ice and snow make them too slippery to walk on safely.

Travel advice from iTravelYork

Visit iTravel York for journey planning information for buses, cycle routes and Park & Ride services.

Also see

Neighbourhood Services

West Offices, Station Rise, York, YO1 6GA

Telephone: 01904 551551