Our winter service operations are carried out to assist the safe movement of road users and pedestrians and minimise delays caused by adverse weather.
- Twitter feed - Updates about weather conditions, potential icy roads and gritting operations are being posted weekdays from October to March.
- Gritting routes - Please see the external links section and select advanced from 'Map Layers' then select winter gritting route options. The routes covered will then appear.
- Grit bins - We provide grit bins on steep roads or busy footpaths to help people clear ice and snow themselves if necessary. Your nearest grit bins can be found by entering your postcode in the find your nearest section of this page.
How do we know when ice or snow is on the way?
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 foot fall areas in Leeds safe and as free as possible from wintry hazards.
Salt and grit
To do this 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.
Salt bins will be refilled when resources become available, provided the main salting routes and other busy roads have been attended. You can contact us to make a request.
When snow is forecast salt is spread on the roads to slow the rate of snow settling. Salt alone has very little effect on snow. 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
- if a road has not been treated keep your speed down.
Icy or snowy roads are usually passable if you are careful and drive sensibly. Traffic will be slower and congestion is inevitable especially at peak periods.
Winter driving advice
- Extreme weather conditions and icy roads can make driving more difficult especially in winter. Being prepared you can help make your journey safer and reduce delays for everyone.
- Get up at least 10 minutes earlier and give yourself time to prepare the car. Make sure all windows and mirrors are clear and that wipers and defrosters are in good working condition.
- Check all tyres for condition, pressure and tread depth. At least 3mm of tread is recommended for winter motoring and certainly no less than 2mm. Try to keep your fuel tank topped up.
- Plan routes to favour major roads which are more likely to have been gritted. Let people know where you are going, your route and when you expect to arrive. In extreme weather prepare an emergency kit for your car (see the links on the right).
- Gentle manoeuvres are the key to safe driving. Stopping distances are 10 times longer in ice and snow.
- Make sure you don’t get caught out when bad weather strikes, see the winter driving advice in the external links.