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Ice and snow clearing

We monitor the weather day and night seven days a week from October to March.

We aim to keep the most important roads and some major pedestrian areas in Leeds safe and as free as possible from wintry hazards.

  • Twitter: Leeds Council News - updates about weather conditions, potential icy roads and gritting operations are being posted weekdays from October to March
  • Twitter: Leeds Travel Info - realtime traffic and travel news for Leeds, 7am to 7pm, Monday to Friday
  • Gritting routes - click on customise my map, select Driver information and then select Winter gritting routes. The routes covered will then appear for the area you've selected
  • Grit bins - use the Top Tasks section on this page to request a grit bin refill or request a new grit bin. Your nearest grit bins can be found by entering your postcode in find my nearest grit bin

Please note: grit bins will be refilled when resources become available, provided the main salting routes and other busy roads have been attended.

Salt and grit

We spread salt and grit to prevent ice and snow forming. If snow settles we use ploughs to help keep the roads clear.

The main salt spreading routes include all the main roads, most other busy roads, most bus routes as well as access to hospitals and emergency services. These are always salted when any wintry hazards are forecast and get priority attention during prolonged wintry weather. 

If wintry conditions persist and we have treated these roads then we will begin to treat the other roads. We aim to treat footpaths and paved areas if there is snow or frost over a longer period.

When snow is forecast salt is spread on the roads to slow the rate of snow settling. Once the snow is about 25mm or 1 inch it is deep enough to plough.

What you can do

  • check the forecast as the Met Office usually gives advance warning of bad weather conditions
  • allow extra time for a journey
  • remember that ice is most likely to occur between 6am and 8am
  • keep your speed down

Winter Service Plan 2015/16

The full plan is available in the Documents section on this page.

To view documents in PDF format you will require the free Download Adobe Reader Adobe Acrobat Reader

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