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Take extra care during wintry weather

Snow on the road with a parked car under a lamp post

The council’s highways team is reminding people to take extra care this winter and only travel if essential when bad weather strikes. When snow or freezing conditions are forecast, Sheffield’s roads are gritted on a priority basis, with main roads, link roads and those providing access to hospitals treated first and foremost.

And whilst we grit a bigger percentage of our road network than any other UK council, people should always be prepared for difficult conditions, even if surfaces have been treated. In addition to our extensive gritting programme, there are over 2,200 grit bins across the city for members of the public to use.

Executive member for Housing, Road and Waste Management at Sheffield City Council, Councillor Paul Wood said:

“During winter weather, our teams work around the clock to ensure the roads across Sheffield continue moving safely. When snowfall becomes heavy or disruptive, it’s important that people only travel if it’s essential, allow extra time for their journey and check the latest weather forecast.

“Although we grit over 60% of the network, we cannot guarantee that roads will be free of ice and snow and often, even when roads have been treated, the grit will be hard to see. “If people need to travel during bad weather, they can check the latest traffic camera images across the city via One Network which will show any disruptions or issues on the roads.

“Our teams are on standby, 24 hours a day, ready to respond when freezing conditions arrive.”

If your local grit bin is empty, you can let Streets Ahead know online or on Twitter, and the team will refill it as quickly as possible.

How you can be prepared for snow and ice this winter

  • Our winter leaflet explains more about our gritting service.
  • Watch our handy video which includes information on how, when and why we grit.
  • Visit our website for more information about gritting routes and grit bin locations.
  • Watch our video on how to hand spread grit effectively.
  • To report any issues on the roads, call 0114 273 4567 or report them online. Follow @sccstreetsahead on Twitter for real-time updates during bad weather.
  • Find out more about how to view traffic camera images across Sheffield