Winter maintenance is an important role for our Highways and Transportation Service. We carry out winter maintenance to allow all road users to move about as safely as possible and to help minimise delays caused by adverse weather conditions.
Our winter maintenance service operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and is in place whenever the weather demands.
General update (Last updated: 06/12/2013 12:54:01)
We will do a full grit at 6pm and our night patrol will monitor the situation. Huddersfield town centre will be gritted this afternoon
Weather update (Last updated: 06/12/2013 12:45:17)
A largely dry but cold day. RSTs will fall close to or just below zero in the late afternoon/early evening. Through the evening cloud will thicken from the west bringing outbreaks of rain, sleet, snow and perhaps, for a brief period, freezing rain. This may initially be falling on to frozen surfaces causing patches of ice and slight accumulations of snow. It will become milder towards midnight and precipitation will turn increasingly to rain, melting any snow. Becoming drier on Saturday morning but reaming rather cloudy with hill fog.
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As part of the council's winter maintenance policy, the Highways and Transportation Service grits 60% of the road network in Kirklees in response to severe weather warnings. These priority routes are main roads, main bus routes and steep roads that provide important links to main roads. This represents over 700 miles of road that can be treated within two hours of starting to grit.
During long periods of severe weather such as heavy snow and freezing conditions, we grit and clear snow from the remaining road network. All other routes are treated once the priority routes are clear, depending on the severity of the weather. It can take a few days to do this because of the size of the network and because treatment is carried out on a planned priority basis.
What we use
We use rock salt which is known as 'grit' but is in fact about 99% salt. A typical gritting uses about 93 tonnes of grit.
How we decide when and when not to grit
What else do we do?
We must concentrate our winter maintenance on the main routes in Kirklees and on making sure that key locations such as schools and hospitals are as safe as possible. When we carry out a 'full grit' (all priority routes, secondary routes and key locations), we use all our resources so we are unable to accept requests at the same time.
Once a 'full grit' has been completed, we may be able to grit other areas as requested by residents. If you ring Highways Customer Care on freephone: 01484 414700 they'll be able to give you up to date information on this service.
How can you help us?
Please bear in mind that our gritters may not be able to get through very heavy traffic.
It helps us a great deal if people park sensibly. Our gritters are large vehicles and they cannot get through tight spaces or around abandoned cars.
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 safely.