Advice for driving this winter

If there is heavy snowfall this winter, or temperatures drop to zero or below, we are ready to keep traffic moving and footpaths open to essential places.

Our fleet of 14 state-of-the-art gritters are prepped to disperse 6,000 tonnes of salt on all A and B roads, steep main roads to villages, housing or industrial estates and roads leading to main hospitals and large schools.

In fact, the roads we grit are used by more than 90 per cent of all the traffic in the district. On average, you are never more than 400 metres away from a treated route.

To check out your area go to our gritting map, enter your postcode and see the closest treated roads to help you plan your journey.

We are constantly monitoring the weather and if you follow #WakeyWinter on Twitter we’ll tell you when we are going out to grit.

We also have 340 grit bins across the district which we restock as needed.

You can also put in a request to have your street gritted.

We inspect footpaths and shopping precincts in towns and city centres early in the morning in the winter so that we can treat ice and frost to reduce the risk of slipping and to keep you safe.

We prioritise footpaths in the following order:

  • Town centre streets/main pedestrian routes
  • Shopping fronts
  • Busy pedestrian routes
  • Hospital and doctors surgery fronts/routes
  • School fronts/routes
  • Community centre fronts
  • Steep sections of footways
  • Predominantly elderly resident areas
  • Other residential areas
  • Industrial estates ​

Ever thought of becoming a snow warden? Call us on 0345 8 506 506 to volunteer. You’ll be given salt and other equipment to clear snow and ice from around your neighbourhood. You’ll be expected to assist your neighbours and any vulnerable people.

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