Our aim is to make Northamptonshire's roads as safe as is practical and ensure that you can travel with a minimum of delay and disruption during severe winter weather.
Changes to the winter service 2018 to 2019
Plans showing the revised gritting network for both the precautionary and adverse gritting routes:
For detailed information on processes, actions and preparations, you can read the complete Winter service plan 2018 to 2019 (PDF 14.3MB).
Which roads are gritted and when?
The roads we are responsible for gritting are split into two categories:
- The precautionary network (P1) - salting action will take place on the precautionary network whenever there is a potential hazard with forecast temperature of plus 0.5° in the 24 hour forecast period (midday to midday).
- The adverse network (P2) - pre-treated during daytime hours in advance of high confidence of forecasted snow or when the forecast temperatures are not to rise above zero for 48 hours.
Motorways and trunk roads (e.g. M1, A14, M45, A45 east of Northampton, A5 and A43 south of Northampton) are gritted by
You can see the different gritting routes mapped out using our interactive mapping. In the top toolbar you can search for a location, you can also add or remove different layers by selecting the 'Add Feature/Place' option.See gritting routes on a map
Precautionary and adverse gritting
- the precautionary gritting network has been assessed and, as of Winter 2018, the total length of roads gritted will be reduced from 1954km to 1543km (reduction of 21%)
- the gritting fleet will be reduced from 26 to 19 vehicles
- maximum salt stock will be reduced from 9,500t to 7,500t (with reduced minimum stock levels this will allow a greater quantity to be purchased at summer rates)
- the reduced network will provide the ability to operate 24 hours a day during snow conditions, while also ensuring drivers have adequate rest periods
- all of the roads which have been removed from the precautionary priority network for Winter 2018 have been added to the adverse gritting network
- during snow events, roads will be cleared by local farmers and other supply chain partners with the correct equipment under supervision of the severe weather manager
Occasionally, gritting arrangements do not go to plan. You should never assume that a road has been treated but should drive in accordance with the prevailing conditions.
Please remember that the majority of minor roads will receive no treatment at all.
Keep up to date
We update our
@NNHighways Twitter Gritter daily throughout winter to let you know whether we will be gritting.
You can also view information regarding weather warnings on the
Met Office website.