Winter road maintenance and gritting

How we maintain Westmorland and Furness's street and roads during the winter months, including gritting and salting routes and salt bin locations.

Priority gritting routes

Our Winter Policy works on a preventative process by pre-salting the network with salt prior to bad weather. 

Priority one roads are gritted within 2.5 hours of a decision to salt the roads. Priority one roads are those which carry a large volume of traffic and link the major economic centres in the county and the region.

Priority two roads are gritted within five hours. Wherever possible these roads will be pre-treated before 8am. Priority two roads serve more local needs, but still carry significant volumes of traffic.

Priority one and two roads combined account for approximately one quarter of the road network in Westmorland and Furness.