also known as: Gritting, Severe weather, Snow clearance on roads.
Information about snow clearance on Roads in Northumberland
Clearance of Heavy Snow Falls
Snow falls in excess of 50mm with possible
drifting will require the use of snow ploughs attached to gritters
and the possible use of snowblowers and other specialist plant.
Clearance of snow will inevitably take longer
than salting operations and may need two way working.
Conditions may vary across the County and a flexibility of approach
and management will be required to make best use of available
resources. Where necessary, resources will be transferred
across the County to areas of greatest need.
In severe snow conditions it will not be
possible to clear in the first instance the network of roads.
In such cases resources will be allocated to clear roads in the
following priority order:-
a) Principal Roads – cleared to a minimum two lane
b) Roads into towns and villages – at least one road
into each settlement to allow access to the cleared major road
c) Major town centres
Snow clearance on the lower priority
roads will only take place when the higher priority roads have been
cleared, which may take several days after the initial or
reoccurring snow storms.
Request for help with Gritting/Snow Clearing in your area
Clearing snow and ice from pavements yourself
There's no law stopping you from
clearing snow and ice on the pavement outside your home or from
public spaces. It's unlikely you'll be sued or held legally
responsible for any injuries on the path if you have cleared it
carefully. Follow the snow code when clearing snow and ice
information on Government Guidance
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information please download our Winter Services Policy