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Winter roads and gritting routes

For the latest updates on road gritting in Herefordshire follow @HfdsStreets and for road gritting in the West Midlands follow @wmgrit

View our gritting routes map

To report icy roads or pavements requiring urgent gritting, please call 01432 261800.

Winter maintenance

From November through to March we provide a winter maintenance service for nearly 600 miles of the county’s roads. This service includes the following activities:

  • Pre-salting to help prevent ice forming
  • Post-salting to melt ice and snow already formed
  • Snow ploughing to remove snow
  • Installing and refilling of grit bins

The main focus of the winter maintenance service is to make our roads safe for public use. Although we can’t grit all routes across the county, we have established priority gritting routes which take into account available budget and resource.

The winter gritting in Herefordshire leaflet provides further information on:

  • When roads and pavements are gritted
  • The amount of grit we stock
  • Tips for clearing snow and ice
  • Winter driving tips

Grit bins

Requests from members of the public for grit bins should be discussed with their local parish council in the first instance as the parish council has an overview of priorities in the parish. Currently BBLP is replacing existing damaged grit bins across the county rather than increasing the number of bins situated across the county. Should a parish particularly want an additional bin to be installed on the highway network, BBLP can help in providing a cost for purchase, installation and servicing.

Any requests for grit bins for private car parks (eg supermarkets, GP surgeries) would be the responsibility of the business concerned.

Local parishes and Lengthsman

Several parishes throughout Herefordshire are working with Herefordshire Council and Balfour Beatty in helping service other routes within their parish by using their Lengthsman.  Parishes are provided with several tonnes of grit and they will store this locally within the parish.

For more information and to see whether or not your local parish are involved in the Winter Maintenance Self-help Scheme then please contact your local Parish Clerk. You can search online to find your Parish Clerk.

What is the cost of winter gritting?

Depending on the severity of the winter weather, winter maintenance can cost from £800,000 to over £2 million. During the 2010/11 winter season we spent £1.383 million gritting the county's roads. 

Which routes are gritted?

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In extreme weather, we list road closures on the road closures and diversions page.

Search our gritting routes map

Priority routes

Of the 2044 miles of road in the county, 598 miles (29 per cent) are priority routes and receive precautionary salting. Our contractor carries out both precautionary and reactive gritting on behalf of Herefordshire Council.

We aim to have all routes completed in two and a half hours. Generally, all planned early morning treatments are completed before 7.30am.

There are 15 priority routes and the maps for these routes can be found on this page.

Secondary routes

In cold weather, other roads may be icy and in prolonged freezing weather or snow, we carry out, whenever possible, salting or snow clearance on a set of secondary routes.

There are 25 secondary routes and the maps for these routes can be found on this page.

School routes

We treat roads that provide access to schools as a high priority in times of severe or prolonged winter weather.

Footways (pavements) and cycleways (cycle paths)

We treat a defined set of footways and cycleways in accordance with the availability of resources and the prevailing conditions.

Car parks

We treat council run public car parks in Hereford and the market towns when surface temperatures are predicted to remain below freezing for 24 hours or more ice is predicted.

View a list of the car parks we treat

Request a grit bin

Parish councils can request roadside grit bins to provide cover on minor roads where possible. Such roads might not otherwise be gritted.

We provide the salt/grit in these bins for spreading on public highways only. We consider any unauthorised use of this salt to treat other premises as theft.

To make a request for a grit bin, please contact your parish council, providing details of the requested location and your name and contact details.

Find contact details for your parish clerk

We will also consider requests for a grit bin to be moved if the parish believes there is a better position for the bin than its current one.

How do I request a grit bin refill or repair or hand gritting?

We aim to fill all our grit bins by winter and maintain these stocks throughout the winter season. If salt supplies and resources allow, we normally re-stock bins in January or following a request.

To request winter services such as grit bin refilling or repair or hand gritting in your area, please contact us:

Request a grit bin refill online

  • Telephone: 01432 261800

We respond to online requests within 10 working days. If the matter is urgent please telephone 01432 261800.

Please remember, when making a gritting request:

  • Try to provide a good location - street name, road number and any landmarks
  • Provide as much information as possible that will help our contractors find the grit bin or area for which you are requesting maintenance

All requests are considered. Decisions are made in accordance with available resources and the prevailing conditions.

How do I report a damaged grit bin?

Grit bins may be replaced if they are damaged but Balfour Beatty Living Places is not routinely adding additional grit bins on the network unless there is a clear and evidenced need.

Requests from members of the public should be directed to their parish/ town clerk in the first instance, and if the parish agrees there is a clear need, we may be able to assist. 

Find contact details for your parish clerk

Advice for driving in snow and ice

Before travelling in wintery conditions consider:

  • Is your journey essential?
  • Allowing extra time to prepare the vehicle
  • Making sure all windows and mirrors are clean and clear from frost, ice or snow
  • Carrying an ice scraper and de-icer
  • Checking the weather forecast
  • Checking your wipers and lights are working and that you have screen wash
  • Is it useful to take a torch, blanket, food, wellingtons, mobile phone, warm clothing and a spade
  • Remember that stopping distances can be significantly increased in icy conditions

Request urgent gritting required on roads or pavements

Our contractor carries out both precautionary and reactive gritting of priority routes. Whenever possible and when conditions require we also grit or clear snow on a set of secondary routes.

View the routes which are gritted

To report icy roads or pavements requiring urgent gritting, please call:

  • Telephone: 01432 261800

Can I clear snow and ice on footpaths?

You should not be put off clearing footways because you are concerned someone will get injured. There is no law stopping individuals from clearing snow and ice on the footway outside their home or from public spaces.

The Department for Transport has written a snow code providing practical advice for householders wishing to clear snow outside their properties.

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