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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.

You can keep up to date with weather and and travel information through the following Twitter accounts:

  • @leedscc_news - updates about weather conditions, potential icy roads and gritting operations are being posted weekdays from October to March
  • @leedstravelinfo - realtime traffic and travel news for Leeds, 7am to 7pm, Monday to Friday.

Gritting routes

The interactive map below displays winter gritting routes across the Leeds area. You can zoom in to the map to see routes for individual roads and streets. A full screen map is also availa​ble on


Winter Service Plan

For further information regarding our winter service plans, please see our 2016-2017 winter service plan​ document.

Grit bins

You can use 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 the Find my nearest grit bin section of this page.​

Request a grit bin refill​     Request a new 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.


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